Clause 8

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 22nd April 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee 6:30 pm, 22nd April 2008

I take the point made by the hon. Member for Derby, North. I wish to say in passing that, at the time, I represented his seat and he was a member of the local council.

There is no intention in the amendment to allow any local authority—to quote the Minister—just to ignore Government policies on the environment. Had that been the intention, I would not have used the words “exceptional local circumstances”. I would have said something like, “where the local transport authority thinks fit”. In other words, no restriction would be placed on its judgment. The amendment makes it clear that exceptional local circumstances have to exist for a policy that deviates in part from what the right hon. Lady set out in national guidelines to be implemented. She is perhaps deliberately misrepresenting what the amendment seeks to do. [Interruption.] Okay, I will rephrase that. In my view, the right hon. Lady has not given an accurate description to the Committee of the effects of the amendment. It is circumscribed by the word “exceptional”.