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V1013 – Nationalisation of British Rail Services Bill 2016

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    V1013 – Nationalisation of British Rail Services Bill 2016, TSR Socialist Party

    Nationalisation of British Rail Services Bill 2016

    A Bill to require the Secretary of State to assume control of passenger rail franchises when they come up for renewal; and for connected purposes.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1: Assumption of control of passenger rail franchises by Secretary of State

    (1) When any existing private rail franchise comes up for renewal, it shall revert to the control of the Secretary of State, who shall allocate it to a public body nominated or established under this section

    (2) Existing private rail franchises shall also revert to the control of the Secretary of State, if the Secretary of State considers that it would be more economic and efficient for a franchise to be operated by a public body nominated by the Secretary of State.

    (3) The Secretary of State may by order establish a public body to take control of one or more passenger rail franchises, or may by order nominate an existing public body to do so, and in either case the order may make provisions for the appointment and governance of such a body.

    (4) In respect of existing Scotrail passenger services the public body referred to above will be nominated by the Scottish Government.

    (5) In respect of existing Wales and Borders passenger services the public body referred to above will be nominated by the Secretary of State in consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government.

    (6) The existing public body or new public body described in subsection (3) above may operate railway freight services and control railway infrastructure, rolling stock and associated functions if the Secretary of State believes it is economic and efficient for it to do so.

    2: Repeal of section 25 of the Railways Act 1993
    Section 25 of the Railways Act 1993 (Passenger services to be subject to franchise agreements) is repealed.

    3: Orders
    (1) The Secretary of State may by order amend the Railways Act 1993 to make provisions consequential on Sections 1 or 2 of this Act.
    (2) A statutory instrument containing an order under this Act may not be made unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.

    4: Financial provision
    There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
    (a) any expenditure incurred under or in consequence of this Act by the Secretary of State, and
    (b) any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act out of money so provided.

    5: Duty for public provision of rail services from commencement
    From the commencement of this Act, no new franchise may be awarded to a body other than one nominated or established under Section 1.

    6: Short title, commencement and extent
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Railways Nationalisation Act 2016.
    (2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed
    (3) This Act extends to Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

    • Rail franchises; the DfT awards contracts to private companies granting them the right to carry out rail services in a specified part of the country. Currently, the contract is given to the company offering the best services for the least amount of money.
    • Rail franchise assets; when a company takes over a franchise, the assets needed to run rail services within that franchise are given to them for the duration of their contract - for instance, rolling stock.
    • Directly Operated Railways; this is the holding company founded by the DfT for the purpose of running rail services on a franchise where private companies have not offered to. It took over the East Coast Main Line in September 2009 and has since presided over a period of profit growth and increased customer satisfaction.
    This Bill would make rail service providers accountable to the voting public, and ensure that any profits made from the running of commercial services were invested in improving the quality of service.

    Expenditure: £9.9 billion per annum:
    Rolling stock: £1.3 bn,
    NW charges: £1.4 bn,
    TOC shareholder leakages: £1 billion

    Income: £10 billion p.a.

    Profit margin: <£1.5 billion p.a.

    A misunderstanding has arisen that if the Government were to reclaim a franchise before it ended, it would incur a financial cost in the form of loss of premium payments from the train operator. This is not in fact the case. No money would be lost to Government under these circumstances, because direct Government operation of the franchise would capture any profits that would have funded TOC premium payments. To the contrary, should the Government take over a moneymaking franchise there would be an increase in income, since profit leakage to TOC shareholders would be eliminated.



    Aye. Better than Rakas' proposal.


    No no no no no no! Only vote Aye if you're crazy

    Aye, better than the current system and the alternative proposal.
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    One postal No has been added for seat 13 (aigar79 for Lime-man).

    One double vote has been removed for seat 23 (That Bearded Man for Quamquam123) (–1 Aye).

    One double vote has been removed for seat 33 (TitanCream/MattElves) (–1 Aye).
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    Ayes to the right: 20
    Noes to the left: 25
    Abstentions: 2

    The Noes have it! The Noes have it! Unlock!

    Turnout: 94%
Updated: July 31, 2016
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