Transport Bill — Use of receipts from charging schemes — 10 May 2000

Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset did not vote.

As amended in the Standing Committee, further considered .

Brought up, and read the First time.

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

First, I wish to declare an interest. Hon. Members should be aware of it from the Register of Members' Interests. I am a director of a family business with interests in road haulage and building and which owns property that may be affected by workplace parking. So hon. Members should see any comments that I make on congestion charging or workplace parking within the context of my interest.

He knows there is a problem with gridlock. He knows people must be encouraged to sometimes choose an alternative to the car ...?

it is essential that the revenue raised is ring fenced for transport improvements and that investment in viable transport alternatives for road users takes place before any local charges are introduced. Subject to this, we believe that congestion charging has the potential to secure benefits for transport users.

Moneys collected under a licensing scheme shall be solely and exclusively for the purpose of improving roads and public transport for the benefit of those who are subject to the charge.

solely and exclusively for the purpose of improving roads and public transport for the benefit of those who are subject to the charge,

As mayor, I will have the power to introduce congestion charging. However, while I am not against congestion charging in principle, I do believe that we need to have public transport alternatives in place first; and if we are going to have them, we had better do it properly. Transport experts say that a proper electronic scheme could barely be introduced before the end of the mayor's first term.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:--

The House divided: Ayes 129, Noes 376.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 126 (+2 tell)080.0%
Independent1 0033.3%
Lab333 (+2 tell) 0080.7%
LDem39 0083.0%
PC1 0025.0%
SNP2 0033.3%
UUP0 3033.3%
Total:376 129079.0%

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