Clause 27 - Disqualification until test is passed

Road Safety Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 1st February 2005.

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Photo of Charlotte Atkins Charlotte Atkins Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport 11:15 am, 1st February 2005

I beg to move amendment No. 70, in clause 27, page 37, line 17, leave out subsection (6) and insert—

'(6) After subsection (13) insert—

''(13A) Before making an order under subsection (3) above the Secretary of State must consult with such representative organisations as he thinks fit.''.'.

This is a technical amendment that has arisen because, sadly, there has been a drafting mistake. The amendment provides for the wording in subsection (6) to be removed and replaced with a provision that requires the Secretary of State to consult such organisations as he thinks fit before making an order under section 36 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Subsection (6) of the clause amends section 88 of the Act to require that regulations under section 36 are subject to consultation with the interested parties. However, the subsection is technically wrong, because section 88 relates to regulations made under part III of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, whereas subsection (6) falls within part II of the Act. It is merely a technical amendment, which arose out of an error, and I ask the Committee to accept it.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 27, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.