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Local Government Reform

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport with whom responsibility for funding rail services subject to section 20 agreements will rest within the area of a district council which has seceded from the proposed public transport joint hoards to he established in the event of abolition of the metropolitan county councils; and if he will make a statement.

This would depend on the arrangements made for any secession. I would normally expect a district council which took on responsibility for bus services to remain part of the joint board in respect of local rail services. But individual circumstances might argue for different treatment.