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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many concessionary bus passes were issued to residents of Houghton and Washington East constituency in each of the last two years. (317159)

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

Concessionary travel in Houghton and Washington East is administered by Nexus, Tyne and Wear’s Passenger Transport Executive. Nexus is best placed to provide information regarding passes issued to residents of Houghton and Washington East.

The last information held by the Department was that as of 12 January this year, Nexus had issued approximately 295,028 smartcard concessionary passes since the introduction of the England-wide concession in April 2008. This includes passes issued to disabled people as well as those aged 60 and over. The Department holds no data about passes issued prior to this date.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 14 July 2009, Official Report, column 205W, on bus services: concessions, when he expects to place in the Library a copy of the written representations. (317604)

Where consent has been received from the relevant hon. Member or local authority, copies of the written representations that the Department has received between July 2008 and April 2009, regarding concessionary travel funding, were placed in the Library on 11 February 2010.