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Bus Services: North West Region

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by her Department on bus subsidy in the north-west of England in the last 12 months, broken down by constituency. (147087)

The Department provides grants to local transport authorities through the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant, Rural and Urban Bus Challenge and Kickstart schemes. A total of £7.853 million was paid under these schemes to local authorities in the north-west region in the financial year 2006-07. The Department also provides Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) directly to operators of local bus services. We estimate that BSOG payments to operators in the north-west region total around £55 million annually. In addition, the majority of local authority support for bus services is funded from the Government's unhypothecated Revenue Support Grant and from other sources.

The Department does not hold information in a form that would enable these figures to be broken down by parliamentary constituency.