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Bus Services

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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22.

asked the Minister of Transport if he has any further proposals to bring forward to encourage new bus operators.

38.

asked the Minister of Transport if he has any further plans additional to those already proposed on bus licensing, to encourage new bus operators in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

48.

asked the Minister of Transport what plans he has for legislation to permit small bus and coach operators to trade in rural areas where the existing services are unsatisfactory.

54.

asked the Minister of Transport what action he is considering, additional to that contained in his proposed legislation on licensing to encourage more small bus operators in rural areas.

The licensing proposals in the Transport Bill are designed to ensure that private bus operators find licences easier to obtain, particularly in rural areas. This is the encouragement they need.

41.

asked the Minister of Transport what action he has taken to ensure the maintenance of local bus services at present levels of provision.

The Transport Bill now before the House tackles the framework of protective controls established half a century ago, in order to encourage new services, greater choice and new ways of meeting people's needs for public transport.