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The committee also questioned why the only He said: “I have appeared before many committees passengers that could use the service were those of up over the last ten years throughout the UK. The hearing to the age of 11. this morning was the most hostile and dismissive I have ever been before.” They also pointed out that the model would not fit in with driver conditions which state no passengers should be refused a journey, apart from in certain circumstances such as when they’re too drunk. Ms Welsh replied to the questioning by saying: “There had to be a cut off point, I’ve got a son and when they get to high school age they can be boisterous. It was for the safety of drivers.” Lawyer Stephen McCaffrey, representing Ms Welsh, disputed the committee’s concerns that conditions would be breached, by adding that councillors seemed to dislike the concept itself.

“I accept that there may well be concerns about discrimination given it is female only app but felt the manner in which that was voiced and expressed was unprofessional and entirely inappropriate to say the least.” A Council spokesman said: “It is a standard practice for licensing applications to be scrutinised and robustly questioned by committee members, particularly if there are concerns.”

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