HC Deb 26 April 1933 vol 277 cc99-100
13. Mr. CAPORN

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the Nottingham Corporation has raised the fares on certain omnibus routes between the centre of the city and the corporation's housing estates on the outskirts of the city, and so caused hardship to numbers of unemployed who were removed to these estates by the corporation as a result of clearance schemes; and whether he will take action, by amending legislation or otherwise, to enable competitive services to be run in all cases where similar monopolies exist?


I have seen references to this matter in the Press but, save in cases where appeals are lodged, detailed statements of the Traffic Commissioners' decisions on individual applications are not furnished to my Department. Under Section 72 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, any person may apply to the Traffic Commissioners for a road service licence, but the decision on any application is vested in the discretion of the Commissioners, subject to the rights given by the Act to aggrieved parties to appeal to me.


Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether there are any figures put before the Traffic Commissioners by the companies before they decide upon raising the fares?


I shall be glad if the hon. Member will put that question down.