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Concessionary Fares

Volume 889: debated on Monday 7 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is her estimate of the value to retirement pensioners whose mobility is not restricted by disability of free and concessionary travel; if she will examine ways of making equal provision for those who are unable to use public transport; and if she will make a statement.

:No estimate can be made of the individual benefit, but the estimated overall cost in 1975/76 of concessionary fares schemes is about £35 million. I see no practicable way of making equal provision for those who are unable to use public transport.