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Local Government Reform

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what are the effects of the Government's proposals for local government reform on bus services in the metropolitan areas.

Under the Local Government Bill the public transport responsibilities of the metropolitan county councils will be transferred to joint passenger transport authorities formed from elected representatives appointed by the constituent district councils. I have no doubt that bus services in those areas as elsewhere will benefit considerably from the removal of restrictions under the provisions of the Transport Bill now before the House.