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London Transport And British Rail (Subsidies)

Volume 22: debated on Wednesday 28 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what information is available in his Department on the relative subsidies per head of population from national and local funds to users of London Transport and British Rail services in the various London boroughs.

As London Transport and British Rail services cross the boundaries of individual London boroughs it is not possible to apportion subsidy or usage on that basis. However, the subsidies paid in 1982 from national funds to BR's London commuter network will be more than £150 million. LT will receive about £370 million in various grants from the GLC of which over £100 million will be contributed through the normal grant system by the national taxpayer. This includes the special payment by the GLC of £125 million needed to pay off debts incurred since last May.