Clause 50 - Power to change or clarify existing traffic legislation

Part of Automated Vehicles Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:15 am ar 19 Mawrth 2024.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Llafur, Easington 11:15, 19 Mawrth 2024

This is an interesting point. There are a number of Bills whose provisions apply only to England or to England and Wales, and I have always thought there was an anomaly in terms of territorial extent and application. If someone is driving an autonomous vehicle, it seems slightly bizarre to have a different regulatory regime if they go over the border into Scotland or Wales. However, the hon. Gentleman is absolutely right, and on page 12 of the explanatory notes I have highlighted in green the part that says:

“There is a convention that Westminster will not normally legislate with regard to matters that are within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, Senedd Cymru or the Northern Ireland Assembly without the consent of the legislature concerned.”

I am interested to hear the hon. Gentleman say that there has not been that consultation.