Rural Bus Services

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1971.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire 12:00 am, 28th July 1971

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he has yet received the results of the pilot surveys into the provision of bus services in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bath (Sir E. Brown) yesterday.—[Vol. 822, c. 65–6.]

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

Is my right hon. Friend aware that in some parts of the country public transport is not able to do the job, and will he remove some of the obstacles in the way of private enterprise, for example, by revising the licensing system, and let private enterprise get on with it?

Photo of Mr John Peyton Mr John Peyton , Yeovil

I hope to make a statement of the licensing system in the near future, and I hope to go some way to satisfy my hon. Friend.