HL Deb 09 November 1999 vol 606 cc1262-3

419 Clause 231, page 127, line 11, at end insert— ("(bb) facilitating the transfer of functions, property, rights or liabilities to Transport for London from any other body or person from whom they are or may be so transferred under or by virtue of this Act; or")

The Commons agreed to this amendment with the following amendment—

419A Line 4, after ("Act;") insert— ("(bc) facilitating the exercise by Transport for London of any functions so transferred;")

Lord Whitty

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 419A to Lords Amendment No. 419.

As I explained to the House at an earlier stage, Chapter XVI of Part IV provides for the transition from London Transport to Transport for London. It is in particular designed to deal with the period prior to the transition during which both bodies will still be in existence with London Transport continuing to be responsible for the operation of the London Underground.

London Transport, as the most substantial predecessor body, will play a major role in the setting up of TfL. We consulted London Transport following each of the stages of this Bill. However, London Transport's legal advisers have pointed out a minor possible loophole which led to my colleagues in another place bringing forward Amendment No. 419A. Amendment No. 419A is a minor change to ensure that during the transitional period London Transport can support and co-operate with TfL across the full range of its transport functions and not—as might have been implied previously—simply those related to public passenger transport. I am sure that noble Lords will agree that this is sensible. I beg to move.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 419A to Lords Amendment No. 419.—(Lord Whiny.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.