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Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirtieth Report


Memorandum by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions


1. The Committee has asked the Department to submit a memorandum on the following points:

    "Explain (a) the reference in regulation 2 to "Regulation 4 of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Regulations 1999", (b) why the extent of the increase in charges made by regulation 2 is not shown in the instrument or its explanatory note, or in an explanatory memorandum, as required by paragraph 2.77 of Statutory Instrument Practice and (c) why the Explanatory Note to the Regulations refers to the booklet mentioned in regulation 5 of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (Amendment) Regulations 1999."

2. (a) The reference should have been to the Table to regulation 4 of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/1908). The Department apologises for this oversight, but is of the view nevertheless that the meaning of the instrument is clear.

3. (b) This is a further oversight for which the Department apologises. The charges have been increased in line with (as has been done since 1989) the annual increase in the retail prices index rounded to the nearest £1.

4. (c) It is agreed that it was strictly unnecessary to refer to the booklet "Dangerous Traffic" in this Explanatory Note, but it was thought that it would be helpful to readers of the Regulations to have a further reference to that booklet here.

3 November 2000

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