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Rural Transport

Volume 891: debated on Monday 28 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he now has for the improvement of rural bus services, following his discussions with local authorities and bus companies.

The main responsibility for the promotion of improved rural transport services rests with the local authorities. My Departments are discussing with the new regional and island councils how they can most effectively exercise their extensive powers in this field within the limits of resources available.National consultations on rural transport with local authorities and both sides of the bus industry, with Scottish participation, are being undertaken by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Kelvin-grove (Mr. Carmichael), Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, who is keeping me in close touch with progress.