Clause 132 - Payments by Secretary of State to police authorities in relation to the prevention, detection and enforcement of certain traffic offences

Part of Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 20 January 2005.

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Photo of David Heath David Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs) 6:30, 20 January 2005

Well, Dame Marion, you win some, you lose some. That is a shame, because I think that the Government will want to come back and add these offences to the list, and there are strong arguments for doing so. They make provision for the most vulnerable road users—pedestrians and cyclists—and would be a very appropriate use of the technology. They would allow us to be at least relatively certain that people will not commit offences in places where others are otherwise put in great danger—in places where they are trying to cross the road or use cyclist stop boxes, but where motorists may have scant regard for their safety. My prediction is that the Government will eventually want to add these offences to the list. I gave them the opportunity to do so, and I wish that they had taken it up, but they have not, so there we are. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment made: No. 36, in clause 132, page 98, line 26, leave out 'and 104' and insert ', 104 and 110'.—[Caroline Flint.]

Clause 132, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.