I am delighted to respond to the debate and I am grateful to Willie Rennie for securing it. I shall start by responding to some of his comments and to the comments of my right hon. Friend Mr. Smith and my hon. Friend Mr. McGovern.
The hon. Gentleman said that the proposed changes to "The Highway Code" will shift the balance in favour of motorists and away from cyclists, but nothing could be further from the truth. We must remember that what we say and what we are interpreted as saying in this House carries a lot of weight. It is bordering on irresponsible to claim that the proposed changes are doing something as dramatic and as damaging as that when it is clear, as I shall set out later on, that that is not the case.
Andrew George came close to justifying cyclists running red lights.