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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of people eligible for a free bus pass have applied for one in Leeds since the scheme was introduced. (226391)

The Department is not responsible for issuing passes and so does not maintain records of how many applications individual authorities have received.

Leeds is part of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (WY Metro). The last information held by the Department was that as of 7 April this year WY Metro had submitted approximately 239,000 applications for the new smartcard concessionary passes to their pass supplier. This represents around 58 per cent. of the estimated eligible population in WYPTE, which is approximately 410,000.