§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he received from the British Transport Police Federation, prior to, or during, the progress of the Railways Act 1993 through Parliament relating to the effect of the Act on its powers of pursuit or arrest.
§ Mr. Freeman
I have met representatives from the British Transport Police Federation on several occasions. The federation also responded to the Department's consultation document "The Future Status of British Transport Police". During the passage of the Bill I received representations from the federation for British Transport police constables to have jurisdiction anywhere, including for matters unconnected with railway services, and anywhere in matters relating to new operators.