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Traffic Commissioners

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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I beg to move amendment No. 3, in page 3, line 28, at end insert

'or goods by road within Great Britain'.

With this it will be convenient to take Government amendment No. 126.

The right hon. Member for Halton (Mr. Oakes) drew attention in Committee to the need for careful examination of the required declaration of interests by traffic commissioners. He suggested that the required disclosure might be too narrow. I undertook to look carefully at what he said and if on further confirmation I found myself in agreement with the point that he made I agreed to bring forward an amendment. The amendments fulfil that undertaking. I think that they will be found agreeable to both sides of the House. I am grateful to the right hon. Member for Halton for having drawn this to our attention.

In the absence of my right hon. Friend the Member for Halton (Mr. Oakes), may I say that I know that he will be delighted, because he believed that it is important for it to be clear in the Bill exactly where the balance of interests lies. I am grateful to the Minister for having accepted the suggestions.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 4, in page 3, leave out lines 36 to 41 and insert—

'(1) The traffic commissioner for any traffic area constituted for the purposes of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 shall exercise the functions conferred on him by this Part of this Act and is in this Part of this Act referred to as "the licensing authority". '.— [Mr. David Mitchell.]