Clause 74

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 Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 9:45 am, 8th May 2008

I am quite clear that reviews will need to consider cost-effectiveness but it will come under the headings of effectiveness and efficiency. Under clause 89, the Secretary of State is able to issue statutory guidance which will set out the matters which could and should be the subjects of a review and which authorities will need to take into account. I reassure the hon. Gentleman that cost-effectiveness will also be one of the series of considerations that the Secretary of State will take into account in deciding whether to direct authorities to carry out a review. I hope that with that reassurance the hon. Gentleman will withdraw his amendments.