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Rural Transport

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the policies of passenger transport executives on services in the rural areas adjacent to the area of such passenger transport executives; and if he will make a statement. [109176]

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applicants from the South East for funding under the Rural Transport Partnership Fund have (a) been rejected and (b) are awaiting funding. [107298]

I have been asked to reply.159 applications for Rural Transport Partnership project grants have been received from the South East in 2002–2003. Of these 143 have been approved, five rejected and seven are awaiting a decision on their application. All successful Rural Transport Partnership Grant applications can access their agreed funding without any delay.For the pending applications, the Countryside Agency is either waiting for applicants to provide a business plan, missing information or are obtaining specialist advice on the application.