HC Deb 01 February 1961 vol 633 c978
23. Mr. Speir

asked the Minister of Transport when he intends to publish the report and findings of Professor Jack's Committee on Rural Transport, in view of the need for early action to assist rural bus operators to maintain their services.

Mr. Marples

As soon as practicable.

Mr. Speir

Does my right hon. Friend realise that that limited and rather negative reply will be cold comfort to those living in the rural areas? Does he appreciate that the continuing failure of post-war Governments to deal with this problem is causing hardship and difficulty to those living in the rural areas? Does he realise that it is not in the national interest for the public transport facilities in those areas to deteriorate further, and will he please take effective steps at an early date?

Mr. Marples

I assure my hon. Friend that he need not be unduly impatient. The report will be published as soon as possible.