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 Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright Opposition Whip (Commons) 6:15 pm, 22nd April 2008

Can we be very clear about this, before we decide on the merits or otherwise of the amendment? Is the Minister’s case that, in the circumstances described by my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire, which could be described as exceptional, it would be proper for a local authority to say that it has had regard to the Secretary of State’s guidance, but has decided not to implement it because of exceptional circumstances? If that is the Minister’s case, the amendment may not be necessary. However, following on from the remarks of the hon. Member for Manchester, Blackley, it would be helpful if the Minister could be clear that that is what she is saying.