Clause 8

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Manchester, Blackley 6:15 pm, 22nd April 2008

Protection of the environment is important. When I first read the amendment I thought that it was otiose. Whether it is necessary or not depends on how we define “taking into account” and “having regard”. I would be grateful if the Minister could expand on that, because the way in which she is developing her arguments seems to be to interpret “taking into account” and “having regard” as having to follow the Government’s policy, even if it is detrimental to the area.