PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES

HOUSE OF COMMONS

OFFICIAL REPORT

Fifth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c.

DRAFT FUNCTIONS OF TRAFFIC WARDENS (AMENDMENT) ORDER 1986

Wednesday 9 July 1986

LONDON

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THE COMMITTEE CONSISTED OF THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:

Chairman: Mr. James Lamond

Ashton, Mr. Joseph (Bassetlaw)

Best, Mr. Keith (Ynys Môn)

Bevan, Mr. David Gilroy (Birmingham, Yardley)

Bidwell, Mr. Sydney (Ealing, Southall)

Bright, Mr. Graham (Luton, South)

Brown, Mr. Ron (Edinburgh, Leith)

Carter-Jones, Mr. Lewis (Eccles)

Chapman, Mr. Sydney (Chipping Barnett)

Currie, Mrs Edwina (Derbyshire, South)

Gregory, Mr. Conal (York)

Ground, Mr. Patrick (Feltham and Heston)

Hancock, Mr. Michael (Portsmouth, South)

Hawksley, Mr. Warren (The Wrekin)

Litherland, Mr. Robert (Manchester, Central)

Merchant, Mr. Piers (Newcastle upon Tyne, Central)

Neubert, Mr. Michael (Romford)

Shaw, Mr. Giles (Minister of State, Home Office)

Soley, Mr. Clive (Hammersmith)

Mr. A. H. Doherty, Committee Clerk

Fifth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments, &c. Wednesday 9 July 1986

[Mr. JAMES LAMOND in the Chair]

Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Amendment) Order 1986

10.30 a.m.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Mr. Giles Shaw): I beg to move, That the Committee has considered the draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Amendment) Order 1986. The order is different from the previous three orders in that it does not extend the functions of traffic wardens, nor provide for new powers or functions. The order arises from the need to enable traffic wardens to issue fixed penalty notices under part III of the Transport Act 1982 when it is implemented on 1 October this year. When part III is brought into force, the legislation mentioned in the Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 2 1970, as amended, which enables traffic wardens to issue fixed penalty notices at the moment, will be repealed. The order amends the 1970 order only in so far as it removes the reference to the repealed legislation and replaces it with a reference to the Transport Act 1982. Therefore the order does no more than allow traffic wardens to go on doing what they do now, but under different legislation. I commend it to the Committee.

10.31 a.m.

Mr. Clive Soley (Hammersmith): I am reassured by what the Minister said. I was a little anxious when I first saw the order. Knowing the recent practices of the Home Secretary I thought that traffic wardens were to be issued with plastic baton rounds and CS gas. However, it is an innocuous order, and we shall not delay its progress through the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Committee has considered the draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Amendment) Order 1986.

Committee rose at twenty-eight minutes to Eleven o'clock.

THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS ATTENDED THE COMMITTEE:

Lamond, Mr. James (Chairman)

Bright, Mr.

Gregory, Mr.

Merchant, Mr.

Neubert, Mr.

Shaw, Mr. Giles

Soley, Mr.