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School Buses

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will set an upper limit on charges local education authorities are permitted to make for school bus journeys under the school transport section of the Education and Inspections Bill. (82417)

The Education and Inspections Bill includes provisions that will allow a small number of ‘Pathfinder’ authorities to pilot innovative school travel arrangements. While it will be up to local authorities themselves to draw up a charging policy, the draft guidance to potential ‘Pathfinder’ authorities, which has been published on the Department’s website, suggests a maximum charge of £1 per day.