Local Transport Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee 4:00 pm, 22nd April 2008

In essence, my point boils down to whether the Minister can tell the Committee where in the Bill it states that guidance issued by the Secretary of State cannot amount to an instruction in a specific case. If it is in the Bill, my argument falls and I will have nothing more to say about the matter. However, if it is not in the Bill, my point arises because the Minister’s amendment No. 1 gives the Secretary of State the power to issue guidance and directs that the senior traffic commissioner must  have regard to that guidance. It seems entirely reasonable that at the same time we should have a statement that the guidance will be only on the issue she mentioned and not in respect of a specific case.