Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: Madam Deputy Speaker, I welcome you to your place. I thank all colleagues who have contributed to the debate today, and I wish the Bill well on its travels to the House of Lords. I point out to their noble lordships and ladyships that the Bill passed through the Commons unamended; there were no amendments in Committee, but there were discussions and agreement with the Opposition. I say to...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Third time. It is a special moment for me to bring a Bill to Third Reading in the House of Commons. I had three criteria for my private Member’s Bill. First, I wanted it to be sufficiently uncontroversial to pass through all stages in the two Houses of Parliament. I have sat through seven Parliaments in this House and seen many Bills bite the...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I have a good recollection of those events, and the Bill is not about raising charges; it is about lowering charges and raising consultation levels. That is the soundbite; that is what the Bill is all about. That is why I ask my hon. Friend to withdraw his new clause. My hon. Friend talks about private car park owners who wanted to ratchet up charges in Cornwall. My hon. Friend the Member...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: One is always looking for help in this place, and my hon. Friend almost makes my closing remarks for me. We are talking about a simple three-clause Bill that has been reported by a Committee without amendment, that seeks to allow councils to reduce parking charges without consultation but that insists on consultation if they want to increase charges. Before I sit down, I should like to tell...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I am very pleased to see my hon. Friend the Minister nodding.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: The Minister is nodding his head. I am sure he will reassure Members that I have not put anything in the Bill that allows local authorities to increase charges. I am simply saying that they need to ask people before they contemplate such a move, which they are already in a position to do.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I do agree. I shall discuss the impact the Bill will have throughout the country later in my speech, along with some other figures. First, I shall indulge my hon. Friend by referring to the Portas review, which showed clearly that car parking charges were the biggest barrier to the regeneration of our town centres. That is perhaps no surprise when we consider the fact that the average hourly...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: This has already been a passionate debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) on moving this probing amendment. I hope I can convince him and my other hon. Friends, many of whom are here today, that he does not need to press it. No amendments were moved in Committee on Wednesday, so the Bill was reported to the House unamended. This new clause is a...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: The Bill actually affects Wales, but it will not be implemented there and I do not have the statistics for Wales. Something that has not been mentioned in any of the proceedings so far is what I call unusual events. I shall cite two exceptional events and suggest that the Bill might be useful in those circumstances. I have always been really happy to represent the constituency of Bosworth,...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I am in error because I should clearly have asked my hon. Friend to join the Committee. He would have made a major contribution. One of the privileges of introducing a private Member’s Bill is that one has some influence over the membership of the Committee, and it is good to see my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Rebecca Harris), who served on the Committee, sitting behind...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I will resist my hon. Friend the Minister, who looks as though he could spring to the Dispatch Box, because I know that he will make a speech later on.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I am flattered, Mr Speaker, that you should call me back to this point and ask me to explain myself. I also crave your indulgence, because in Committee I did, in error, produce the Christmas decoration and was rightly called to order, as we cannot call devices in aid when we make speeches. Wary of your determination to maintain procedures, I did not venture to do that today. The point I am...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: My hon. Friend knows how fast our area is developing. A huge business park is being developed at the Motor Industry Research Association, which is in my constituency and abuts that of my hon. Friend the Minister. He and I have been working over the years to improve the A5, and some major improvements are in the offing. It is, of course, a national road, and an important relief road when there...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I am glad that my hon. Friend has intervened. He represents Torbay, which is a very beautiful seaside town. In fact, years ago I knew his Conservative predecessor who was also passionately concerned about the town. He was known as Spy 13 because of his other job, which was writing spy novels. I wish him well if he is tuning into this debate. May I say to my hon. Friend that he is doing...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I accept that London is a special case and, of course, my hon. Friends and I do not represent London, but I thought it was instructive to make the point that the charges here are so high. To follow up on the remarks by my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Craig Whittaker), it is important to look at how the provisions will operate in practice. For greater accuracy, I asked the...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, who has been a great champion not only on the matter of parking charges, but on the cause of cancer. I am very pleased to serve with her as an officer on the all-party cancer group. For clarity, I will make it absolutely clear what these two clauses do. Clause 1 provides government with a power to make regulations that simplify the procedure for...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: My hon. Friend, ever eloquent, has struck a rich seam there. I am not going to mine it, but no doubt she can come back to that point. For greater clarity, Mr Speaker, I should say that the statistics I just gave were for the cities, towns and villages in England.

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: My hon. Friend helpfully leads me into an area that I wish to discuss in a moment, which is the impact of pricing on car parking charges generally. Let me just make this further point to him and to the House: it is equally important that councils should consider the effect of increased parking charges on the high street. To that end, the clause makes provision for a consultation requirement...

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)
David Tredinnick: Indeed; King Richard died in horrid circumstances, leaving Henry Tudor to be crowned Henry VII. In the run-up to the 2015 election, Richard’s mortal remains were discovered in a car park in Leicester. [Hon. Members: “Ah!”] Interestingly, the exact position where he was found—my hon. Friends might like to hear this—was under a parking bay with an “R”...


Commons' Committees

David Tredinnick was an elected Member of the Commons Health Committee and Commons Science and Technology Committee during the 2010-2015 Parliament, which are Committees appointed by the House of Commons to examine and scrutinise the Government for Health and Science policy respectively.

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