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

That is an important issue. It has been raised a number of times, particularly at Transport questions in the House. The hon. Member for Wimbledon is right to say that there are legal barriers to using credit card payments. There are also practical and financial issues that we would need to resolve.

In November last year, a working group was set up to consider the options and identify the issues of credit card usage. The group consists of the Highways Agency, Severn River Crossing plc, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Government’s representative. We hope to hear its findings and recommendations in early autumn. I feel that it would be inappropriate to pre-empt the group’s findings by changing the legislation now, but I assure the Committee that after the group presents its recommendations, we will certainly consider its findings and take any appropriate action. I hope that I have persuaded the hon. Gentleman to withdraw the new clause.