Clause 73

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport 9:15 am, 8th May 2008

I rise to speak to amendment No. 238, which relates to another clause but is tangential to the points just made. It is very important that the ITAs are as democratic and accountable as possible. It concerns me that we might have individuals on ITAs who are not elected, but appointed, and exercising perhaps disproportionate power. It is possible for an ITA—theoretically, at least—to have members appointed who are sympathetic to its views, in order perhaps to thwart the result of a forthcoming election, which may change the political balance in any particular area.

For that reason, my amendment No. 238 suggests that, while there should be no restriction on those who are added to an ITA who may have relevant experience, the only people who should exercise votes are those who are elected members of the ITA’s constituent councils. The vote should not be extended to those who are simply appointed.