Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:45 am on 3rd February 2017.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Conservative, Faversham and Mid Kent 9:45 am, 3rd February 2017

My hon. Friend is clearly extremely well versed in such matters, so I want him to help me fully understand his new clause. The Bill proposes to make it easier for councils to decrease parking charges, and my hon. Friend wants to ensure that it is not so easy for councils to increase parking charges, but my understanding is that that is also the thrust of the Bill, as councils would have to consult before increasing charges. Will he explain why he feels that the Bill does not achieve what he is trying to achieve with his new clause?