HL Deb 23 October 1968 vol 296 c1496

[Nos. 52 and 53]

Clause 50, page 72, line 32, leave out subsection (2).

Clause 50,page 73, line 7, leave out "subsections (2) and "and insert" subsection"

The Commons disagreed to these Amendments for the following Reason:

[No. 54]

Because they would continue an unreasonable restraint on the powers of the Railways Board which might hamper the proper development of their undertaking.


My Lords, I beg to move that this House doth not insist upon its Amendments Nos. 52 and 53 to which the Commons have disagreed. Under the Transport Act 1962, the Railways Board are limited to providing hotels only in places where those using the railways services provided by the Board may require them. The purpose of subsection (2) of Clause 50 of the Bill as it came to this House was to remove this and other restrictions, so as to enable the Board to provide hotels anywhere, but subject to the Minister's consent if outside Great Britain. The intention is that thus the railways should be allowed to make the best of their longstanding and considerable expertise in this field. We considered carefully what was said both in the other place and in your Lordships' House, but we still feel that it is right that the Board should have this power.

Moved, That this House doth not insist on its Amendments Nos. 52 and 53 to which the Commons have disagreed.—(Lord Beswick.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.