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Passenger Transport Authorities

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional surcharges (a) Stagecoach, (b) Go-Ahead and (c) First Group have made on each passenger transport authority in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (101897)

The information requested is not held by the Department. Reimbursement paid to bus operators for providing concessionary travel is a matter for individual local authorities. The hon. Member might wish to contact local authorities for information.

Where an operator considers that reimbursement is not adequate an application may be made to the Secretary of State, in accordance with the appropriate provisions in the Transport Act 1985 and the Transport Act 2000, for a determination as to whether the reimbursement arrangements are appropriate in the circumstances of the case, or for release from compulsory participation in a travel concession scheme under the Transport Act 1985. The Secretary of State is currently considering a number of such applications.