Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Twenty-Second Report


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


  1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the following point—

    "Given that this Order designates (in the Schedule) only one road, without any measurement of distance, explain why article 2 and the title to the Schedule refer to roads in the plural and article 2(3) explains the abbreviation for metres."

  2. The Order, as the Committee will be aware, is one of a group of instruments designating roads as GLA side roads under section 124A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. There are ultimately 32 in all, one each in respect of all but one of the London boroughs and the City.

  3. The Order made in respect of Bexley is the only case in which a single road is designated. For consistency the orders both in the operative words and in the title to the Schedule, have adopted a common form, the form in which the enabling power is phrased. Words in the plural do, of course, include the singular.

  4. In the preparation of the large number of designations, the fact that the single designation for Bexley did not proceed by reference to a measurement was overlooked. The Department regrets the oversight, but considers that it has no substantive effect.

24th May 2000

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