(2) if she will provide retrospective funding to Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority to make up for the shortfall in funding for the concessionary bus travel scheme.
I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Transport the Member for Lincoln (Gillian Merron) on 9 January 2007, Official Report, column 474W, which sets out the discussions our Departments have had on this issue. The Government have provided significant additional funding for local authorities in 2006-07 and 2007-08 for all local services including local authorities’ responsibilities for concessionary travel schemes. The Local Government Finance Settlement 2007-08 provides for an increase in Government grant of£3.1 billion or 4.9 per cent. on a like for like basis.