§ Mr. Streeter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what steps he is taking to persuade Plymouth City Council to adopt the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 in its regulation of Plymouth-based private hire vehicles;
(2) what discussions his officials have had with Plymouth City Council officers in the past six months concerning the regulation of Plymouth-based private hire vehicles; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The decision as to whether to adopt the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 is a matter for the City Council. They will no doubt take into account the fact that (once the relevant provisions of the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 have come into effect) adoption of the 1976 Act will enable private hire vehicles licensed by the City Council to pick up passengers in London. My officials have corresponded this year with officers of Plymouth City Council about these issues.