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 Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 6:15 pm, 22nd April 2008

When we went through this whole argument less than an hour ago, the Minister tried to tell us that there was a common-sense definition of the word “economic” and I said clearly to her that there was not because there is a wide-ranging interpretation of the word. The Minister is now trying to tell me that there is a wide-ranging interpretation of the word “exceptional”. The Minister is trying to have it both ways; she cannot have it both ways. If she accepted the earlier proposition, she should accept my proposition.