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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of mutual recognition of concessionary bus travel passes between England and Wales. (320936)

It is difficult to predict the cost of mutual recognition of concessionary travel bus passes across the devolved Administrations because the precise pattern of passholder travel is not knowable in advance. However, the Department for Transport has commissioned some research and this suggested that mutual recognition, excluding Northern Ireland, could cost in the region of £11 million per annum. This does not take into account the potentially significant costs of harmonisation of the different concessionary travel schemes which apply in England, Wales and Scotland.