Clause 31

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 6th May 2008.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 11:45 am, 6th May 2008

Again, we have to strike the right balance between changing the current legislation, which requires any scheme to go through the approvals board process all over again, and having flexibility, so that if a scheme is extended outside the geographical area or there are additional services, the scheme can be considered as a whole. Frankly, the alternative is to have a continuation in one area and a new scheme in another area. It is obviously in a local authority’s remit to be able to do that.

The second set of criteria that come under the exemptions are that there should be no reduction in registered bus services previously excluded from the scheme. Both of those conditions must be satisfied for a continuation scheme to be exempt from the approval process. As I have said, that is the right way forward in striking a balance between the two processes. I hope that, in view of that, the amendment will be withdrawn.