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Mark Menzies (Fylde, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received from local newspapers on the potential effect of her plan to remove the requirement for local authorities to advertise traffic orders in such newspapers; and if she will make a statement.

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Norman Baker (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport; Lewes, Liberal Democrat)

The Department for Transport has received approximately 30 representations from local newspapers, or from MPs on their behalf, on this matter.

Following a pledge in our recent traffic signs policy review document ‘Signing the Way’, a consultation on amending requirements placed on traffic authorities when they propose and make temporary and permanent traffic orders was launched on 30 January 2012. Further information may be found on the Department for Transport website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-06/

The Department understands the concerns which have been expressed about the possible effect on the viability of local newspapers this change may have, and those concerns will be taken into account before a final decision is taken.

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