Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:40 pm on 23rd May 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Labour, Oxford East 4:40 pm, 23rd May 2007

This is a very important issue. I receive many representations on it from constituents and I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. In the meetings that he has had with cyclists, has he taken up, and is he coming to in his speech, the question of the new version of "The Highway Code" and the concern that rules 61 and 63 in it could, if passed, enable a driver who hit a cyclist to claim contributory negligence if that cyclist had not been using a cycle lane or other designated pathway? Does the hon. Gentleman agree that further consultation of cyclists is essential before those and other parts of the code could be adopted?