I wish to raise a number of points on Clauses 43, 44, 45, 46 and 52. These Clauses relate to the obligatory testing of road vehicles, as specified, and I wish the Minister to give an assurance that these Clauses, if approved, would be enforced. Further, by what regulations and methods would they be enforced? The law consolidated in these Clauses lays down that road vehicles should be tested and certificated accordingly.
I thought that I was speaking about the consolidation of the existing law. I am pleased to see that the Solicitor-General is to reply, because perhaps he can explain how, under consolidation, the existing law can and will be implemented and enforced.
Thousands of vehicles are on the roads without having been road tested and certificated. I want the hon. and learned Gentleman to explain why and how there should be consolidation of existing law when that law is not working. I cannot agree to accepting these Clauses when the existing law is not being carried out. I am not discussing the merits or demerits. Indeed, I am all in favour of consolidation. My point is not that there should not be testing and certificating, but that the existing law should be carried out, which is not being done at the moment.
I thought I was explaining that one reason for my objection to consolidation is that existing law is not being carried out. I ask the Solicitor-General to explain how the Bill will operate for the enforcement of the law. The law being consolidated is not being observed. How and why should we consolidate it when it is not being carried out? I want an assurance that some action will be taken to see, if we agree to these Clauses, that the law they contain will be carried out.
I appreciate the hon. Member's concern about enforcement or non-enforcement of this branch of the law. It is not my intention to reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend on that point save only to say that if, as the House agreed on Second Reading, these provisisions are consolidated at least they will be much more clearly drawn together. The nature and extent of the law and of the obligations that have to be enforced will be much more readily identifiable, which will be some small improvement on the situation within the context of which the hon. Member can advance his observations.
I cannot say more about enforcement, save that it is easier to point to enforcement or non-enforcement of the law when it is consolidated than when it is scattered around.