HL Deb 18 June 1991 vol 530 cc118-9

165 Schedule 2, page 94, line 2, at end insert:

'(3) Where the special road to which the toll order relates is to be subject to a concession, the Secretary of State or the local highway authority shall make available for inspection with the copy of the draft order or of the order, as the case may be, a statement containing such information as may be prescribed with respect to the concessionaire and the concession agreement.

The notice under sub-paragraph (I) or (2) shall indicate that such a statement will be so available for inspection.

(4) In sub-paragraph (3) "prescribed" means prescribed by the Secretary of State by regulations made by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.

Lord Brabazon of Tara

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 165. I shall speak also to Amendment No. 196.

These two amendments—one for Scotland and one for England and Wales—were tabled in another place following the arguments made in both Houses about the need to bring the concession agreement further into the public domain. The concession agreement is, we can all agree, a key document since it defines the relationship between the highway authority and the concessionaire.

We were therefore minded to accept the principle of an amendment made in another place which required the publication of a concession statement which would be before the public inquiry and would be able to inform the inspector's decision. The concession statement will contain information which is likely to be of relevance to those affected by a road scheme.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 165.—(Lord Braba7, on of Tara.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.