New Clause 9 — Power of authorities to provide services in exceptional circumstances

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 27th October 2008.

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Photo of Paul Truswell Paul Truswell Labour, Pudsey 5:00 pm, 27th October 2008

Is there not another fatal flaw in the argument of Stephen Hammond? He talks of the benefits of competition, but we know—especially those of us whose constituencies are in passenger transport authority areas—that such competition simply does not exist. We have de facto monopolies: evidence of that is seen every time a tender is made for a subsidised service. Usually there is only one tender, in some cases there may even be none, and, despite increasing levels of public subsidy for private operators, we are seeing no commensurate increase in services.

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