MPs debate rail fares

12 January 2012

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle, moved an Opposition debate in the House of Commons on the subject of rail fares and the cost of living

Rail fares

The motion moved by the Opposition stated that "the scale of increases to rail and bus fares and the high cost of fuel are significantly increasing the transport sector’s contribution to the cost of living crisis facing households up and down the UK" and called on the Government to "end the right of train companies to increase regulated tickets by more than the cap set by Ministers."

The motion was defeated after a vote (Ayes 251; Noes 319). Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, responded in the debate on behalf of the Government.

Watch and read the debate and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on Transport in the Topics and News sections.

Opposition day debates

Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.

The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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