Clause 73

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 9:30 am, 8th May 2008

The people drawing up the governance order may wish to maintain political balance under section 15 of the 1989 Act, but again that is up to individual authorities to decide. They may decide that they want to co-opt other people on to the authority, and they may say in their governance order that they want a political balance in those co-opted members. There are ways to achieve that through the public appointments process, as I know well from the national health service. However, we want that flexibility so that local authorities considering governance in their area can decide for themselves the best approach.