Rural Transport

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 2000.

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Photo of Mr Archie Norman Mr Archie Norman Conservative, Tunbridge Wells 12:00 am, 31st October 2000

Despite all that the Minister said, will he confirm that rural passenger bus journeys have actually decreased every year under the Labour Government; that the countryside is in crisis; and that the grants for rural bus services are peanuts compared with the amount of extra fuel tax levied on country people by the Government? Will he confirm exactly what he meant during last week's debate on the fuel crisis—that the Deputy Prime Minister could not be bothered to attend—when he said that, far from being abolished, the fuel duty escalator may be brought back by the Government and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in the future?