House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Spokesperson in the Lords, Transport

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they anticipate that the appeals by bus operators about reimbursement for the concessionary fares scheme which have been outstanding since April 2007 will be decided.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

We expect that decisions will be taken on the majority of the outstanding appeals by the end of January.

There were 102 appeals by bus operators about reimbursement arrangements in 2007-08, of which 21 were later withdrawn. Of the 81 appeals remaining, not all contained sufficient information for a decision to be taken. As of 17 January, 29 appeals have been determined by an independent adjudicator appointed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport. A further 52 appeals remain to be determined.

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