Licensing and accreditation scheme for technicians working on automated and electric vehicles

Part of Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 23 March 2017.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Shadow Minister (Transport) 12:00, 23 March 2017

My hon. Friend says he will take a leaf out of the Minister’s book. Although it will not be on the record of this Committee, it might end up on the face of the Bill.

Labour Members feel strongly about this issue. I am grateful to the Minister for his assurance that he is thinking about it and is engaging with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with the Automotive Council to see what role they might play in developing such accreditation. We are still keen to see something about it in the Bill if possible. I accept that the new clause, as it stands, may not be exactly the right way to do so, but we would still like something in the Bill. We will think about it before Report, and I ask the Minister to do so as well. If there is consensus about doing something along these lines, let us put it in the Bill. For now, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the clause.