Local Transport Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of Ian Stewart Ian Stewart Labour, Eccles 10:45 am, 22nd April 2008

Good morning, Mr. Taylor. I, too, miss Gwyneth already.

I welcome the programme motion and the fact that 10 sittings have been allocated to what is and has been one of the most important issues to my constituents throughout my time in the House, since 1997. I am a veteran of consideration of the Transport Bill in 2000, when the Government attempted to push the boundaries of voluntarism—quite rightly so. We should encourage a voluntary approach within the transport industry. However, at that time, some of us expressed the view that voluntarism has limitations and the Government have shown good sense in developing this Bill, which will address those limitations.

The concepts in the Bill will be welcomed by my constituents and by people across the country. The Bill also looks clearly at consulting people, such as those who use buses. I am in favour of furthering the consultation process, along with other members of the Committee.