New Clause 12

Part of Local Transport Bill [ Lords ] – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Transport) 5:00 pm, 8th May 2008

I am sure that the Committee will be glad to know that I am not rising to oppose the motion. I want to extend my profuse thanks to you, Lady Winterton, and to Mr. Taylor, for the inspiring way in which you have presided over our proceedings. I am sure that all Committee members endorse those thanks.

I am grateful to all Committee members from all parties for our lively debate and discussion over the past few weeks. The quality of the debate has been a clear reflection of the quality of the Committee and the level of interest in the Bill. We have not always been in agreement, but there has been a great deal of interest in the Bill from both sides of the House, as well as in forensic scrutiny of all the clauses. We have been able to do that; in fact, we have had to go further than the time allocated for the Bill. I am very grateful to the usual channels, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for St. Helens, North, for his important contribution in driving us through our discussions.

I thank the Clerks to the Committee, as well as the Hansard writers, who have done an excellent job in assisting us in our deliberations. I thank in particular my officials from the Department for Transport. I hope that members of the Committee will agree that they have been very open to discussing the Bill and have been as helpful as they can.

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve on the Committee under your chairmanship, Lady Winterton, and that of Mr. Taylor, and I am very grateful for all the support that we have been given.