Road Safety Bill [Lords]

– in a Public Bill Committee am ar 21 Mawrth 2006.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair]

Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 4:30, 21 Mawrth 2006

On a point of order, Sir Nicholas. Would it be possible for you to ask the relevant officials to make available copies of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988? As we go through the Bill, we will find that it gets fiendishly complicated, and it would be helpful if we could have hard copies to use during the debate.

Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

Further to that point of order, Sir Nicholas. I would like to associate myself with the remarks of the hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson). I have served on Committees considering similar Bills in the past, where it has been of immense service to have copies available of the statute being amended. In passing, I notice that the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 also features from time to time, but as the hon. Gentleman says, the principal statutes that we are dealing with are the two 1988 Acts.

Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

Further to that point of order, Sir Nicholas. I may be able to help to a small extent in that I have a copy of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, having foreseen the problems that have been identified, and I am quite willing to lend it to other Committee members.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

Further to that point of order, Sir Nicholas.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Ceidwadwyr, Macclesfield

I was going to suggest from the Chair that the Minister will have heard the points of order raised. Being entirely unbiased, I can only say that it would be helpful to Members of all parties if hard copies of the Acts mentioned, including the Road Traffic Act 1998 and the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 in particular, were made available to all members of the Committee, including the Chairman.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The problem we have is that there has never been a reprinted version of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to take into account all the amendments that have been made since it took effect. It may be difficult to be helpful to the Committee. I will certainly ask my officials to do their best, but it may be necessary for hon. Members to avail themselves of the House of Commons Library and “Halsbury’s Statutes”, a copy of which my Parliamentary Private Secretary has availed himself of.

Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Ceidwadwyr, Macclesfield

Following up the Minister’s comments, I am confident that electronic copies of the Acts are available. It should be up to the Department to make copies available to Committee members and I am sure that the Minister, even if his officials are second hand in this arena, will have heard what I said. The availability of an updated Act in both cases, perhaps provided electronically to hon. Members, would be very helpful to the future progress of the Bill.

When we broke for lunch, the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight) was on his feet, and I ask him to resume his brief remarks.