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Deregulation Act 2015

Minor correcting amendments

677.Paragraph 9 makes minor amendments to sections 9 and 16 of, and Schedule 5 to, the Transport Act 1968.

678.The amendment to section 9(1)(c) is in consequence of the establishment of certain Combined Authorities in April 2014 under powers set out in Part 6 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. It clarifies how section 9 applies in relation to the recently established Combined Authorities. The amendments to section 16(2A) of, and Schedule 5 to, the Transport Act 1968 correct minor errors and omissions in the amendments to those provisions by the secondary legislation establishing the new Combined Authorities.

679.Paragraph 10 relates to section 30 of the Railways Act 1993. Section 30 imposes a duty on the Secretary of State to provide, or secure the provision of, passenger rail services where a franchise agreement comes to an end, and identifies where that duty does not apply, or ceases to apply. How section 30 applies in any particular case is relevant to any proposal to decentralise regional rail services, and take them out of the franchising system. The purpose of paragraph 10 is to correct anomalies in its wording.

680.Paragraph 10 forms part of the law of England and Wales and Scotland only.

681.Schedule 8 comes into force on the day on which the Act is passed so far as is necessary for enabling subordinate legislation to be made. It comes into force for remaining purposes on a day to be appointed by the Secretary of State in a commencement order.

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