Clause 56

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 6 May 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee 5:45, 6 May 2008

I do not want to make a meal of this. I think that the Minister has been helpful, but may I make two points? First, would she write to all members of the Committee and not just to my hon. Friend the Member for Wimbledon on that particular point? Secondly, would she be prepared to reflect on the length of time these records should be kept? For example, there did not use to be a legal duty on lawyers in the United Kingdom to keep the papers when they had finished a case, but most lawyers now keep the papers for about seven years in case an issue arises after the matter is finalised, where the papers can be of help. I realise that this situation is not entirely on all fours with what lawyers do with case paperwork, but an issue may arise after a permit expires for which it would be helpful to see the document itself, to see if any conditions were imposed in it and so on.

Perhaps the Minister could reflect on that and tell us on Report whether she feels—I am not suggesting that it should go into the Bill, but perhaps it should be in practice directions—that it is something on which she would want to advise the traffic commissioners.