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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1973.

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Photo of Mr John Pardoe Mr John Pardoe , North Cornwall 12:00 am, 24th October 1973

Would the right hon. Gentleman not accept that his statement shows the foolishness of successive Governments who decimated public transport, not only railways but rural bus services in particular? Would he accept that in places where public transport still exists. such as London, the Government might think of introducing for an experimental period in an emergency free transport in off-peak periods?

Will he also bear in mind in planning petrol rationing that in rural areas the motor car is not a luxury but a necessity? A formula of 50, 100 or 200 miles a month is unworkable in Cornwall.