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PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Members present:

Mrs Louise Ellman, in the Chair

Mr David Clelland

Mr Philip Hollobone

Mr Eric Martlew

Mr John Leech Mr Mark Pritchard

David Simpson

Mr Graham Stringer

Mr David Wilshire

1. Declaration of Interests

Mr Mark Pritchard declared his interests, in accordance with the Resolution of the House of 13 July 1992. Mr Pritchard had nothing to declare over and above what is listed in the Register of Members' Interests.

2. Road Safety

The Committee discussed informally the Chairman's draft Report.

Draft Report, proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

(The formal minutes relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the Eleventh Report of the Committee, HC 460.)

3. Department for Transport Annual Report - Government response

Draft Special Report [Government response to the Seventh Report from the Committee (Department for Transport Annual Report 2007)], proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government response to the Seventh Report from the Committee be appended to the Report.€”(The Chairman.)

4. Freight Transport - Government response

Draft Special Report [Government response to the Eighth Report from the Committee (Freight Transport)], proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government response to the Seventh Report from the Committee be appended to the Report.€”(The Chairman.)

5. Draft Marine Navigation Bill - Government response

Draft Special Report [Government response to the Ninth Report from the Committee (Draft Marine Navigation Bill)], proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Seventh Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government response to the Ninth Report from the Committee be appended to the Report.€”(The Chairman.)

6. Delivering a sustainable railway: A 30-year Strategy for the Railways? Government response

Draft Special Report [Government response to the Tenth Report from the Committee (Delivering a Sustainable Railway: A 30-year Strategy for the Railways?)], proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government response to the Tenth Report from the Committee be appended to the Report.€”(The Chairman.)

7. The Blue Badge Scheme - Government response

Draft Special Report [Government and Westminster City Council responses to the Sixth Report from the Committee (The blue Badge Scheme)], proposed by the Chairman, brought up, read the first and second time, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Ninth Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government and Westminster City Council responses to the Sixth Report from the Committee be appended to the Report.€”(The Chairman.)

8. Future Programme

The Committee considered this matter.

9. Taxes and Charges on Road Users inquiry

Ordered, that Professor Chris Nash be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the committee in its inquiry into Taxes and Charges on Road Users.

10. Visits

Resolved, That the Committee visit the Netherlands and Germany in connection with its inquiry into Taxes and Charges on Road Users and its inquiry into The Enforcement Activities of the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA).

Resolved, That the Committee visit NATS control centre at Swanwick, in connection with its inquiry into The Use of Airspace.

11. Public Petitions

The Committee considered petitions to the House from:

1. Andreas Sowa and Sam Lumley of Year 9, Castle View School;

2. Residents of South Holland and the Deepings and others relating to the closure of Spalding Driving Test Centre;

3. Residents of Basing and others relating to traffic Noise from the M3, and

4. Residents of South West Norfolk relating to the national speed limit outside schools.

12. School Travel

Derek Bodey, Association of School and College Leaders, Kathryn James, National Association of Head Teachers, Chris Harrison, Oulton Primary School, and Emma Sheridan, Modeshift, gave oral evidence.

Leon Daniels, First Group, Giles Fearnley (President), and Stephen Salmon (Director of Policy and Development), Confederation of Passenger Transport, and Les Warneford, Stagecoach Group, gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till 2.30pm on Wednesday 22 October.