HC Deb 10 June 1959 vol 606 cc970-1
30. Sir A. Hurd

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will appoint a member of the Women's Institute to the committee which is to inquire into the problems of rural transport services; and if the committee will be authorised to examine the working and finance of the post omnibus services in Switzerland and elsewhere.

Mr. Nugent

The membership of the committee is not yet settled, but I will bear in mind my hon. Friend's suggestion. As regards the second part of the Question, its terms of reference are wide enough to include such a study if it wishes.

32. Sir J. Duncan

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to what extent the committee to inquire into the problem of rural omnibus services will be able to include inquiries into services in Scotland; how many Scottish members there will be on the committee; and what are their names.

Mr. Nugent

It is our intention that the committee should cover Scotland as well as England and Wales, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland is being consulted about representation.

Sir J. Duncan

Will my hon. Friend allow the committee to visit parts of Scotland, because the problem is different in different parts of the country and the only way to get a proper solution will be for the committee to take a regional view of it?

Mr. Nugent

I accept that the problem differs in one part of the country compared with another, and the committee will be quite free to go to any part it wishes.