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Bus Services: Nationalisation

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals to bring local bus services back into public ownership. (198814)

The Government have looked at various times at the issue of bus regulation, starting with the 1998 White Paper which led to the Transport Act 2000. There was also last year's review which has led to the proposals in the Local Transport Bill giving, among other things, more scope for local authority involvement in bus services.

On each occasion in the past, we concluded that constructive partnership between a largely private sector industry and local authorities is a better way forward than wholesale re-regulation in delivering the services needed by passengers. Indeed, we feel that the private sector strengths in management, innovation and investment are central to the future of the industry.