HL Deb 20 March 2002 vol 632 c146WA
Lord Campbell of Croy

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they possess powers to ensure that satisfactory arrangements for disabled people are included in any plans for imposing financial charges on motor vehicles entering central London. [HL3043]

The Minister of State, Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (Lord Falconer of Thoroton)

We recognise the enormous importance of personal mobility for many disabled people. There is an appropriate regulation-making power in the Greater London Authority Act 1999, Schedule 23, paragraph 11. We have given a public assurance that if the London congestion charging scheme is introduced ahead of the national regulations, and if those regulations require concessions greater than those in the scheme, the Mayor and Transport for London will be given adequate time to bring its scheme into line with national requirements.