HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 cc385-6
39. Mr. P. Browne

asked the Minister of Transport what progress Her Majesty's Government have made in their consideration of the closing of uneconomic railway services; and what consideration is being given to the replacement of branch railway lines by alternative means of transport.

Mr. Marples

I have nothing to add at present to the Answer which I gave the hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Boyden) on 15th March.

Mr. Browne

Will my right hon. Friend ensure that the special problems of the remoter districts are given due consideration? Will he consider instructing licensing authorities, where necessary, to be lenient when dealing with applications by small operators of passenger vehicles?

Mr. Marples

This point is covered by the existing Statutes. The transport users' consultative committee takes account of alternative facilities when it considers proposals for closures.

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