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 Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport) 5:00 pm, 8th May 2008

Like the Minister, I thank you, Lady Winterton, and Mr. Taylor for the way you have guided us through our proceedings over the 10 sittings. I also thank the Clerks and the Hansard reporters. I give special thanks to my colleagues, who have provided help and advice: my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire and my hon. Friends the Members for Rugby and Kenilworth, for Harwich and for Ilford, North. The Minister was right to say that this Committee has shown great interest in the Bill. I am grateful to Government Members for listening to my arguments—I know that they rarely agreed with them. The Minister was right to say that we have had interesting and excellent discussions.

I also place on the record my thanks to the Minister’s officials. She very kindly offered the Opposition the chance to have briefings and to clarify issues before bringing them to the Committee. I am grateful to her for that. I also thank her for allowing her officials to speak to me. That was a great help.

I am grateful to the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK and to the Campaign for Better Transport, which helped me to frame about four of the 150 amendments that I tabled. More particularly, I place on the record my thanks to my researcher, Mr. Carlton Jones, who helped me with the other  140 or so amendments that we tabled. As the Minister said, we have had a chance to investigate the Bill in some depth. Clearly, there were issues about timetabling, but through the good offices of the usual channels, we have had the chance to deliberate in Committee for longer than was originally scheduled. I think that the Bill, as it proceeds to Report, is better for our scrutiny.