Clause 17 - Arrangements for network management

Part of Traffic Management Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 29th January 2004.

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Photo of Mr Brian White Mr Brian White Labour, North East Milton Keynes 11:00 am, 29th January 2004

I must admit that I was tempted to speak in the debate on new clause 1, because the amendment is on similar territory. My hon. Friend the Minister's comments in response to that debate are helpful, particularly his points about guidance and how the local authorities and highway authorities will be subject to the same rules. The Minister can be assured that I shall not push the amendment to the vote. However, I have some questions that I hope he can answer. Will we ensure that local authorities pay due regard to the provision and maintenance of essential services other than just traffic. Will he also ensure that local authorities recognise the essential nature of utilities infrastructure works? Several utilities are concerned that network management will ignore those issues. Will he ensure that they are addressed in the guidance?