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North Devon Trunk Road

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport why it took him five weeks to acknowledge a letter dated 2nd February asking him to meet the right hon. Member for Taunton (Mr. du Cann), the hon. Member for Tiverton the right hon. Member for Devon, North (Mr. Thorpe) about progress on the North Devon trunk road.

authorities which operate municipal bus undertakings were offered travel concessions on the services run by those under takings. As the lists asked for by the hon. Member are long I will send them to him in a letter.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, following the recent meeting between the Under-Secretary of State in his Department and the hon. Member for Christchurch and Lymington on the subject of concessionary bus fares for pensioners, he will indicate precisely what recommendations he has made to the National Bus Company on the question of the preparation by it of schemes to supplement or replace the present arrangements whereby local ratepayers fund pensioners' concessionary fare schemes.

The Chairman of the National Bus Company has told me that the company is studying the possibilities for introducing fare concessions for elderly, blind and disabled and I have told him that I look forward to seeing the findings of this study.