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Tyne and Wear PTA

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Communities and Local Government on the spending against budget of the Tyne and Wear passenger transport authority and its concessionary travel schemes. (113473)

The Department has had a number of discussions with the Department for Communities and Local Government concerning the distribution of funding for the statutory minimum concessionary travel scheme and its impact on local authorities, including those in Tyne and Wear. This includes both the additional funding for the recent improvement in the statutory minimum from 1 April 2006 and the new funding earmarked for the new bus concession which will be implemented from April 2008.