Procedure for varying charges at off-street parking places

Part of Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 31st January 2017.

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Photo of David Tredinnick David Tredinnick Conservative, Bosworth 9:45 am, 31st January 2017

I thank the Minister and my hon. Friend the Member for South East Cornwall for their remarks, and I thank the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent for his support.

It is not necessarily easy to come up in the ballot for private Members’ Bills—it is an uncertain process. This year amazingly represents 30 years of service for me in the House. It is particularly special for me to bring a Bill this far through the process to Committee and hopefully through its remaining stages. It will have a wide-ranging impact on the quality of life in every town, city and village in the country.

Bosworth is of course named after the battle of Bosworth in 1485, when English history changed, but it is particularly special for me to make this present to the people of Hinckley, which is the main town in my constituency. It gives the council the power to vary parking charges in the different car parks all over the town, particularly at a time when there is competition not only from the internet and online shops, but from other towns in the area. I have always been delighted to represent my town of Hinckley, and I am absolutely delighted to introduce the Bill.

I thank colleagues of all parties for their support. Thank you, Mr Bailey, for chairing this Committee.