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 Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport 11:00 am, 29th January 2004

I thought that I said clearly that I had tried to read the runes to see what was behind the amendment, which I supposed was either the temporal consideration or an attempt to meddle in the internal affairs of local authorities. The hon. Gentleman has kindly told me that the answer is the latter, in which case I am even more against the amendment than if it had been the former. We have said in the strongest terms that although we are setting the framework and the statutory duty, it is not our business to dictate centrally, in some neo-Stalinist fashion, where in the authority, at what pay rate and for what term of contract the traffic manager should be appointed. Those are matters for the local authority. Our only concern is that authorities ensure that traffic managers fulfil their duties.