HC Deb 28 April 1952 vol 499 c1016
44. Mr. J. Grimond

asked the Minister of Transport what action he proposes to take in the present circumstances to ensure in the public interest that cheap omnibus services as proposed by Highland Transport are allowed to operate between Thurso and Glasgow.

Mr. Braithwaite

The granting of licences for road passenger services is a matter for the licensing authority for public service vehicles, and my hon. Friend has no jurisdiction unless an appeal is lodged with him against their decision.

Mr. Grimond

Will the hon. Gentleman acquire such jurisdiction to make sure that the public are not exploited by monopolised transport, and that cheap fares are allowed to operate?

Mr. Braithwaite

That is obviously one of the matters under consideration at the present time. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will appreciate that, as the law now stands, my hon. Friend's functions are appellate only.