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 Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 6:15 pm, 22nd April 2008

My hon. Friend is right. One of the difficulties in interpreting the precise meaning of proposed new section (2ZD) is that it is incredibly ambiguous. It could either be interpreted as meaning that provisions or guidance can be ignored or that the guidance as a whole can be ignored. Frankly, neither of those would be desirable. We want local authorities to take into account the policies and have regard to the guidance, but we then want them to make up their own mind about how to take policies forward in terms of the actions that they would take.