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 Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 3:45 pm, 8th May 2008

I hear the Minister’s reassurance. I am usually delighted to accept her reassurances, but in this case I am not. This issue is so fundamental that it should be dealt with in the Bill. I am extremely concerned that it is not, and that there is a major loophole. The Bill rightly goes one step towards giving local authorities the power to make local charging schemes, but it does not take the next logical step which would impose safeguards and obligations on them. I remain extremely concerned about that.