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[Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Labour, Cambridge 2:30 pm, 13th November 2018

My hon. Friend and I had a fascinating trip to Bristol with the Transport Committee yesterday and, from that, I observe that the same kinds of issue crop up all around the country in different forms. For some years before I came to the House, and then as a constituency Member, I tried to understand the complexities of the taxi and private hire industry in my own constituency in and around Cambridge. Exactly the same issues arose, with licensing standards in a city often set at one level, but many private hire vehicles came in from an adjacent area. We heard that yesterday in Bristol, where the vast majority of private hire vehicles are actually registered in South Gloucestershire, creating a conundrum for the people and local council of Bristol. That goes to the heart of one of the questions, and to the point made earlier by Theresa Villiers, which is that of national standards.