Clause 9

Part of – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:00 am on 24th April 2008.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:00 am, 24th April 2008

I am the first to welcome you back to the Chair this morning, Mr. Taylor.

Amendment No. 144, which was tabled by me and my hon. Friend the Member for Lewes, is pretty self-explanatory, so I do not intend to spend too long speaking to it. The Bill allows authorities to replace their plan as when they see fit and does not force them to replace plans every five years. The amendment would confer a duty on local transport authorities to review their local transport plans every five years and to show that that had been done. That would ensure that a local transport authority could not simply leave an unsatisfactory local transport plan languishing on the table. The amendment is probing to find out Government thinking on ensuring that local authorities take seriously the need to ensure that their local transport plans are up to date and remain relevant to the needs of the local community.