5London Regional Passengers Committee

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, while the functions of the Company under the 1993 Act in respect of the provision of passenger services are vested in a transferee it shall be the duty of the committee to consider and, where it appears to them to be desirable, make recommendations with respect to any matter affecting such services which is—

(a)the subject of representations (other than representations appearing to the committee to be frivolous) made to the committee by or on behalf of users of those services; or

(b)referred to the committee by the Secretary of State or by the transferee; or

(c)in the opinion of the committee a matter to which consideration ought to be given;

and copies of the minutes, conclusions and recommendations of the committee on that matter shall be sent to the Secretary of State, the transferee and to such person as may be directed by the Secretary of State.

(2)Subsection (1) above shall apply only after the opening for passenger services of the railway comprised within Work No. 1 and nothing in that subsection shall entitle the committee to consider the charges made for any services, or to consider any question relating to the discontinuance or reduction of railway services or, subject to subsection (3) below, any matter which is the subject of a monopoly reference by the Director General of Fair Trading pursuant to section 4 (Saving for Fair Trading Act 1973) of this Act.

(3)Nothing in subsection (2) above shall affect the consideration under section 81 of the Fair Trading Act 1973 of any representations made by the committee pursuant to that section or preclude the committee from being heard orally under that section.

(4)(a)Not less than six months' notice of any proposal to discontinue railway passenger services at or from any station comprised within Work No. 1 shall be given to the Secretary of State before that proposal is carried into effect.

(b)Upon receipt of such a notice the Secretary of State, having consulted the committee and such other persons or bodies as he may think fit, shall consider what measures, if any, he should in all the circumstances take.

(5)If at any time the Docklands Railway becomes vested in a body other than the London Docklands Development Corporation or any subsidiary (within the meaning of section 736 of the [1985 c. 6.] Companies Act 1985) of that Corporation, then upon the occurrence of that event the provisions of subsections (1) to (4) above shall cease to have effect.