Schedule 1 — The London Free Travel Scheme

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 28th June 2007.

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Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport, Parliamentary Secretary (the East Midlands), Cabinet Office 4:45 pm, 28th June 2007

My hon. Friend makes a constructive point that I am sure Opposition Members will wish to consider.

As we have seen from this discussion, this is a complex area. It is also one where, I fear, no one solution will please all parties. As the Secretary of State said on Second Reading, until the boroughs and TfL can agree a way forward with regard to any potential change to the reserve scheme, we are not convinced of the case for changing in any way the legislation that guarantees a minimum standard of concessionary travel across the capital. I suggest that the reserve free travel scheme, as currently specified, best guarantees continuing concessionary travel in London. In the light of that, I hope that Paul Rowen will withdraw his amendment.