Clause 3

Part of Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 5th June 2007.

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Photo of David Clelland David Clelland Labour, Tyne Bridge 12:45 pm, 5th June 2007

I listened with interest to what the Minister had to say. I readily acknowledge the support that Tyne and Wear has had from the Department for  Transport to enable it to extend the free travel service to the metro system, and we are very grateful for that. Nevertheless, the shortfall was as it was, regardless of all the efforts that were made by the Minister and others in the interim. I heard what the Minister said about the flexibility in the Bill and the fact that funding mechanisms are still being discussed. I was particularly interested to hear that she believes that amendment No. 6 is unnecessary because the Secretary of State already has that power, and I look forward to his exercising it to deal with those losses at Tyne and Wear. Perhaps between now and Report, we may be able to have some serious discussions as to how that might be done. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.