My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Transport (Sadiq Khan) has made the following Ministerial Statement.
The Local Transport Act 2008 includes provisions designed to make bus quality contracts schemes—the London-style model of bus contracts—a more realistic option for local transport authorities throughout England and Wales. The Government are today announcing that these provisions will come into force, in England, on 11 January 2010.
Supporting regulations will be laid before Parliament within the next few days and statutory guidance, applying in England from 11 January 2010, is being issued today. The Government are also today beginning the process of recruiting members of a panel of persons from which members of QCS boards will be appointed. QCS boards are independent boards with a remit to provide an opinion on whether proposed quality contracts schemes in England meet the statutory public interest criteria, and on whether due process has been followed.
Copies of the statutory guidance, the Government’s response to the consultation and the recruitment pack for QCS board panel members are being placed in the Libraries of the House and will also be available on the Department for Transport’s website.