Bus Service Operators Grant

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 28th October 2010.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport 10:30 am, 28th October 2010

With respect to the hon. Gentleman, I do not think that he heard the answer I gave, which was that I have spoken to the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, which represents the bus industry, and it was hopeful that the reduction in the bus service operators grant was marginal and could be absorbed without fares having to rise. I also draw to his attention the fact that the Government have protected the concessionary fares arrangements.