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National Bus Company (Italian Service Application)

Volume 892: debated on Tuesday 13 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment why he has not granted the National Bus Company a licence allowing it to operate a coach service from Newcastle to Italy.

This is an application by National Travel (North East) Ltd. for authorisation under EEC regulations of a regular international service. The period for objections expired on 9th May. If my right hon. Friend, after taking account of any such objections, favours the application, the agreement of the other member States concerned will be requested. In view of the need for these consultations it is a pity that erroneous Press reports raised expectations that the service would start this month.