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Bus Services: West Midlands

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government spent on bus services in the West Midlands in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006. (112263)

[holding answer 31 January 2007]: The majority of support for local bus services is provided by local authorities using the Government’s Revenue Support Grant (RSG), which is an unhypothecated block grant, and authorities’ own resources. It is for each authority to decide how much of their RSG allocation to devote to bus support.

The Department for Transport has also separately provided specific grant funding to local authorities for bus services through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG), the Rural and Urban Bus Challenge and the Kickstart schemes.

The following tables show the amounts provided under these grants to authorities in the West Midlands Government Office Region from 2003-04 to 2005-06; the amounts within that total provided to West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority are also shown:

West Midlands GO region

Total (£)

2003-04

7,557,407

2004-05

8,187,109

2005-06

7,523,749

Total

23,268,265

West Midlands PTA area

Total (£)

2003-04

761,236

2004-05

900,824

2005-06

676,577

Total

2,338,637

In addition, the Department pays Bus Service Operators Grant to operators of local bus services throughout the country but information on this expenditure is not collated on a geographical basis.

Local transport authorities also receive Local Transport Plan funding from the Department for capital expenditure on bus infrastructure.