Clause 8

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 6:00 pm, 22nd April 2008

I am grateful to the Minister for saying that, but she is including only what she thinks is necessary. In essence, she is saying that she thinks those bodies are important—they may or may not be—but that they are already covered by provisions in the Bill. In that reassurance, she is telling me only that if I press the amendment to a vote, she may be prepared to put the things that she thinks are important into the Bill. That gives me no guarantee about the particular person whom I think needs to be consulted in order for there to be a proper consultation process, or that local authorities will get their transport plans by speaking to the rail infrastructure manager.

Even with the Minister’s assurances, I am not reassured, and I intend to test the will of the Committee.