Clause 73

Part of Local Transport Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:45 am, 8th May 2008

I want to test the Minister one more time. I was initially listening to her very carefully and I thought I was going to be persuaded by her arguments that my amendment No. 274 was actually wrong-headed and that the need for flexibility and local decision making should be preserved. I think that that argument is right, but having listened to some of the points made by the hon. Members for Lewes, for Sheffield, Attercliffe and for Manchester, Blackley, it seems to me that I should have preserved amendment No. 274 and had a new paragraph (c) that would allow co-opted appointees to be non-voting members. I therefore hope  that, having heard all the arguments and not only her arguments for flexibility, the Minister will reflect on that and consider the powerful points made by the Committee.

I asked, where is section 15 of the 1989 Act mentioned in the Bill? The Minister’s answer was that it is in clause 86. Clause 86 is a wide-ranging catch-all clause that I want to explore in some depth when we come to it. I am therefore not reassured by the right hon. Lady’s answer and wish to push amendment No. 275 to a vote.