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Results 161–180 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Paul Clark

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I shall also discuss new clause 11 and amendments Nos. 151, 152, 153, 156 and 157, in the name of the Government. All these amendments deal with the membership of integrated transport authorities. The strengthened powers for local authorities to improve bus services in their areas—which we discussed under the previous group of amendments—will be most effective if they are supported by the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I shall come on to those points shortly, but let me say that the ITAs will be able to draw together responsibilities for integrated transport. The title of integrated transport authority itself highlights that this is not just a simple change from passenger transport authorities to ITAs, but that it is very much about bringing together all the transport requirements—a point that covers...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: First, let me say that it is up to local authorities to make a decision to review their transport arrangements and to come forward with a proposal to establish an ITA. Therefore, it would be within the scope of the authorities in the hon. Gentleman's area of the Isle of Wight to have discussions and look at whether some form of ITA could be created within those authorities. It is not for the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: The ITAs will consider all the transport options that exist. We are still giving the final say to local authorities, and in fact it is provided that they will be in the majority on any ITA board. Representatives of the local authorities will make up the larger number, and there will be a minimum of one representative from each authority in the ITA area. Equally, it would be right for them to...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend. It is certainly the case that if an ITA decides that it wishes to include other representatives, for example of bus users, operators or a number of other groups depending on local requirements, it will have the ability to do so. It will then be able to decide on which matters those non-elected, non-local authority members will vote. That is exactly the provision....

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: It will be for the local ITA to decide how that provision will operate. It might decide on voting rights on issues that appear on the agenda for a given meeting, or it might well decide on broad categories of provisions. It could agree that non-elected members cannot vote on finance issues, or another such category. There will clearly be supporting guidance to help ITAs through that process,...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: My hon. Friend raises an interesting point. If I recall correctly, the authorities themselves will be able to review provisions under the new clauses periodically. I shall return to that issue shortly, but I recall that they will certainly be able to review them as and when required. Of course, there is a requirement for the ITAs to follow the rules and regulations on political balance, to...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: That course of action would be open to individual ITAs. As I have said, it will be up to an ITA to decide locally whether those members have voting rights. That will be entirely its decision to make, and the concern that my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Blackley (Graham Stringer) has indicated could be taken into account. The new clauses also make it clear that each council that...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I thank my hon. Friend. I wish to be absolutely certain that it is clear that non-elected members of an ITA will always be in the minority, because we have arranged it in that way. Secondly, a minimum of one representative from each of the local authorities that are party to the integrated transport authority will be involved, and the political balance regulations laid out clearly in other...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I understand what my hon. Friend is saying. Nothing in life is easy, and all I can say to him is that he should ensure that, through people coming out to vote correctly, his area does not end up with a hung ITA. It would be equally wrong for us to try to prescribe at central Government level how local authorities should handle the delivery of transport in their area. It is right that local...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I assure the hon. Gentleman that there is a clear response: it is a matter for local people—local, democratically elected councillors—on the ITA to decide whether non-elected people are incorporated into that body, whether they have any powers to vote and, if so, on what issues. We are providing for the local members on that ITA to have that power.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: Equally, Labour Members believe that local authorities and local elected representatives should have the power to decide, and we want to provide for that.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I understand what the hon. Gentleman is asking, but I do not want to end up in a situation such as the one that arose from the Transport Act 1968. For the past 25 years, following the abolition of the metropolitan county councils, we have not been able to amend things to allow the flexibility that would reflect the changes in transport demands in our cities and in our towns and meet the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: If I recall correctly, such provisions exist within other local government legislation in respect of health improvement forums and so on. We should not necessarily seek to implement decision-making processes in transport in the same way, because this is a complex area. We must respond to local needs, and that is exactly what we are endeavouring to ensure. There are precedents for other joint...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I take on board my hon. Friend's comments. It is in the hands of local people to make these decisions. If they decide not to involve outside bodies, such as representatives from service users groups, so be it—that is a matter for them to decide. If they decide to have transport users on their board and they went them to be able to vote, that is also up to the ITA. As I have said, the...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I find it difficult to accept that we should not include representatives of other organisations if the locally elected representatives deem it desirable to do so. They should have an opportunity to make that decision, and that is why I would not go down the route that the hon. Gentleman suggests.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: I accept that there are concerns, but they may differ according to the area. There may be one set of concerns in my hon. Friend's area, and another in the constituency of the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner) about any ITA that may be set up there. Those concerns have to be taken into account when people are deciding how their ITA should operate. The danger of prescribing exactly...

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: As I said earlier, locally elected members will always be in the majority on the authority, and that has to represent the political balance under the existing legislation covering those public bodies.

Orders of the Day: New Clause 10 — Provision that may be made in an order under section 73 (27 Oct 2008)

Paul Clark: In practice, I am sure that suggestions and guidance will be provided on how ITAs might be set up, but I must reiterate that it will be for the local members to make the final decision—


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