Clause 104

Part of Local Transport Bill [ Lords ] – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton 3:45 pm, 8th May 2008

I reassure the hon. Gentleman in the same way that I have before: changing the power of the Secretary of State does not have any effect on the ability of local authorities to consult. We will still expect them to consult in the ways that I outlined previously—that is, through the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and the other ways that I mentioned. The removal of the power makes no difference to that whatever.