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Friday 16th November 2001


Mr John Spellar

That, during proceedings on the Travel Concessions Eligibility Bill [Lords], the Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and at half-past Four o'clock and on Thursdays at five minutes to Ten o'clock and at half-past Two o'clock.

New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

STANDING COMMITTEE A

TRAVEL CONCESSIONS (ELIGIBILITY) BILL [LORDS]


   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

6

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(7)   The appropriate Minister shall publish each year a breakdown of the cost of travel concession schemes by local authority area.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

7

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(8)   The appropriate Minister shall publish each year at the time of the Revenue Support Grant Sub-committee the proportion of the Revenue Support Grant for each local authority being allocated to meet the costs of the concessionary fares scheme.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

8

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(9)   The appropriate Minister shall publish each year the number of users of the scheme by local authority area, with estimates for the age and employment profile of the users.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

9

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(10)   The appropriate Minister shall consult local authorities over the possibility of making travel concession schemes under this Act run across local authority boundaries.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

10

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(11)   The appropriate Minister shall consult with the Association of London Government and the Greater London Authority over the possibility of making travel concession schemes under the Act run across local authority boundaries within London.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

11

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(12)   The appropriate Minister shall ensure that such travel concession schemes run across local authority boundaries.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

12

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(13)   The appropriate Minister shall consult local authorities over the potential impact of the scheme under this Act on local authorities' concessionary schemes for the disabled and blind.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

13

*Clause     1,     page     1,     line     21,     at end insert—

    '(14)   The appropriate Minister shall consult local authorities over the potential for expanding the busy concessionary fares scheme to allow concessionary travel on a 24 hour basis for pensioners who are blind or disabled.'.

   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Tom Brake

2

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end insert—

    '(6)   The appropriate Minister may by Order apply the provisions of this Act to any other age-related travel concession related to public passenger transport services.

    (7)   Any order under subsection (6) shall be laid before Parliament and approved by resolution of each House.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

4

*Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end insert—

    '(6)   The appropriate Minister shall consult local authorities over the methodology for compensating local authorities for the cost of the scheme and shall also consult further if there is to be any change in such methodology.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

5

*Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     at end insert—

    '(7)   The appropriate Minister shall ensure that the methodology for compensating local authorities for expenditure under subsections (1) to (4) above is published.'.


   

Mr Don Foster
Mr Tom Brake

3

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     10,     at end insert— ', and

    (c)   not be made until there is agreement with the relevant local government associations concerning the funding provision for the scheme in the annaul Revenue Support Grant negotiations.'.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

14

*Clause     2,     page     2,     line     16,     at end insert—

    '(4)   Notwithstanding subsections (1) to (3) above if no order is made by the appropriate minister by 31st December 2001, then section 1 shall come into force on 1st January 2002.'.


   

Mr John Spellar

1

Clause     3,     page     2,     line     22,     leave out subsection (4).


NEW CLAUSES

Scheduled coach services

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC1

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1)   The Secretary of State shall, within twelve months of this Act taking effect, bring forward regulations to provide—

    (a)   that elderly persons who travel as foot passengers on scheduled coach services shall enjoy travel concessions no less favourable than those provided under section 1 of this Act; and

    (b)   that reasonable payments and fuel tax or other excise duty or other rebates be made by the Exchequer to the providers of such services to meet any net loss of income caused by the implementation of such concessions.

    (2)   In this section "elderly person" means a person who has attained the age of 60 years.'.


Scheduled train and ferry services etc.

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC2

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1)   The Secretary of State shall, within twelve months of this Act taking effect, bring forward regulations to provide—

    (a)   that elderly persons who travel as foot passengers on train, ferry and other scheduled surface or sub-surface services shall enjoy travel concessions no less favourable than those provided under section 1 of this Act; and

    (b)   that reasonable payments and fuel tax or other excise duty or other rebates be made by the Exchequer to the providers of such services to meet any loss of income caused by the implementation of such concessions.

    (2)   In this section "elderly person" means a person who has attained the age of 60 years.'.


Scheduled train and ferry services etc. (No. 2)

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC3

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1)   The Secretary of State shall, within twelve months of this Act taking effect, bring forward regulations to provide that elderly persons who travel as foot passengers on train, ferry and other scheduled surface or sub-surface services shall enjoy travel concessions no less favourable than those provided under section 1 of this Act; and provided that, before bringing forward regulations under this section, he shall consult such service providers as he deems appropriate.

    (2)   In this section "elderly person" means a person who has attained the age of 60 years.'.


Scheduled coach services (No. 2)

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC4

*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1)   The Secretary of State shall, within twelve months of this Act taking effect, bring forward regulations to provide that elderly persons who travel as foot passengers on scheduled coach services shall enjoy travel concessions no less favourable than those provided under section 1 of this Act; and provided that, before bringing forward regulations under this section, he shall consult such service providers as he deems appropriate.

    (2)   In this section "elderly person" means a person who has attained the age of 60 years.'.


Concessionary fares schemes (publicity)

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC5

*To move the following Clause:—

    '. The appropriate Minister shall publish each year a list of the scope, benefits and eligibility requirements of every mandatory concessionary fares scheme offered by each individual local authority, and make such information available on the Department's website.'.


Extension of concessionary fares to persons 18 or younger (Greater London)

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC6

*To move the following Clause:—

    '. The appropriate Minister shall consult the Association of London Government and the Greater London Authority over the possibilities of extending the concessionary schemes to people aged 18 years or younger in full-time education within London.'.


Guidance on best practice

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC7

*To move the following Clause:—

    '. The appropriate Minister shall publish voluntary guidance on best practice for local authorities on concessionary fare schemes, encouraging them to work in partnership with neighbouring local authorities and promoting the provision made for the blind and disabled.'.


Concessionary fare not taxable benefit

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC8

*To move the following Clause:—

    '. No regulation, guidance or directive issued by the Board of Inland Revenue or any other Government agency or department shall in any way make any concessionary fare a taxable benefit.'.


Extension of concessionary fares to persons 18 or younger

   

Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Laurence Robertson
Mr Andrew Turner
Chris Grayling

NC9

*To move the following Clause:—

    '. The appropriate Minister shall consult local authorities over the possibilities of extending the concessionary schemes to people aged 18 years or younger in full-time education.'.


 
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