Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:45 am on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat 11:45 am, 11th April 2019

My Lords, I declare my interests as a member of Sheffield City Council and a vice-president of the Local Government Association, as in the register. I have sat on licensing committees and been the leader of a council, so I understand the process of licensing and the burden that licensing authorities experience. I reiterate the views expressed by the noble Earl, Lord Listowel, and my noble friend on the Front Bench. Considering that local authorities have lost £6 in every £10 of their spending ability over the last few years, the burden on them is really serious. While no one would disagree that this is a good idea that can help improve the environment, local authorities desperately need resources to enact it. Otherwise, it will be a good idea that turns into a burden and does not have the maximum impact.