Clause 110

Part of Local Transport Bill [ Lords ] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:00 pm, 8th May 2008

I want briefly to probe the Minister on this clause. It is to do with the transfer of information between Government and local authorities and I see nothing wrong with those powers.

The Secretary of State is allowed to charge local authorities a fee for disclosing information to them but local authorities do not have the same luxury of being able to charge a fee, so it is a one-way power. Given that the disclosure of information is bilateral, will the Minister confirm that I have read the clause correctly and say whether she would consider giving local authorities the ability to charge a fee as well?