Camera-shy minister

UK transport minister Stephen Ladyman last night admitted that he uses a device in his car to detect fixed speed cameras.

He confessed during a debate on the Road Safety Bill, adding that they were "perfectly legal".

He was responding to his Conservative counterpart, Owen Paterson, who also has such a device, claiming that made him drive more safely. Mr Paterson asked: "Could you clarify that those devices, which just say where these cameras are positioned, will continue to be allowed." Mr Ladyman said: "They will continue to be legal and I have got one myself."

Mr Paterson replied: "I am delighted that there is cross-party consensus on this issue."