HC Deb 16 June 1997 vol 296 c41W
Mr. Chidgey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mr. Dunwoody) of 22 May,Official Report, column 159, what powers exist to oblige Railtrack to accept an amendment to their licence to ensure delivery of investment in infrastructure. [3242]

Ms Glenda Jackson

If Railtrack do not accept a proposed amendment to their network licence by agreement, the Rail Regulator has the power under Section 13 of the Railways Act 1993 to refer the proposed amendment to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission for investigation, determination and report. If the MMC decide that the proposed amendment is in the public interest, the Regulator can, in line with the procedures set out in Section 15 of the Act, impose the licence amendment.