Public Transport (London)

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 1:29 pm on 27th May 1993.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Spearing Mr Nigel Spearing , Newham South 1:29 pm, 27th May 1993

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. It is his debate, but it is on London's transport. I have a letter that was signed by the Minister only yesterday on the issue of travelcards. He says: In the forthcoming legislation … all operators in London—rail and tube as well as bus—have the right to participate on fair terms in any multi-modal or multi-operator ticketing scheme. That sounds okay, but it offers only the opportunity for many of the operators to participate and denies present owners the right to issue such a ticket, which may not exist in future. He goes on about stored value tickets, which are a different thing and would be a step backwards.