§ `In section 75 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (saving for certain vehicles from requirements of Part II of that Act as to private hire vehicles), after subsection (2) there shall be inserted—
§ "(2A) Where a vehicle is being used as a taxi or private hire car, paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of section 46(1) of this Act shall not apply to the use or driving of the vehicle or the employment of a person to drive it if—
- (a) a licence issued under section 10 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 for its use as a taxi or, as the case may be, private hire car is then in force, and
- (b) the driver holds a licence issued under section 13 of that Act for the driving of taxis or, as the case may be, private hire cars.
§ Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.
§ Bill reported, with amendments; as amended (in the Standing Committee and on Recommittal) considered.
§ Mr. George Foulkes (South Ayrshire)
On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. Would it be a completely lost cause for me to petition Mr. Speaker, through you, to reconsider his decision on new clause 12 and starred amendments Nos. 201 to 206? Is there any possibility of their being accepted for consideration?
I know that they were tabled rather late, and I apologise to you, to Mr. Speaker, and to the House for that fact. It was due entirely to something beyond my control. Although the Minister will not have had sufficient notice of them, I am sure that with his usual skill, speed of thought and perception he will be able to deal with them. Perhaps the Clerk could ask Mr. Speaker to give further consideration to the inclusion of the new clause and the amendments as we proceed with the Bill, as we shall probably do for some hours yet.
§ Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Bernard Weatherill)
Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will rely on me to consider the matter before making a decision.
That the Civic Government (Scotland) Bill [Lords] as amended, be considered in the following order: New Clauses, New Schedules, Amendments relating to Clauses 1 to 4, Schedule 1, Clauses 5 to 15, Clause (Journeys in England and
Wales by vehicles and drivers licensed under this Act), Clauses 16 to 45, Schedule 2, Clauses 46 to 138, Schedules 3 and 4.—[Mr. Thompson.]