§ 2. Mr. Bulmer
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from county councils on traffic licensing laws; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Horam
The county councils have argued that road service licensing of buses and coaches by the traffic commissioners should be transferred to them. The Transport Bill will require the traffic commissioners to have regard to counties' plans and policies, and we believe that this is the right modification.
§ Mr. Bulmer
Will the Minister think again about the problems of all rural areas? Does he appreciate that in the context of the services in Hereford and Worcester, three-year projections, let alone three-year agreements, are very difficult, because the input figures are so uncertain? Does he accept the need to encourage local experiments, with traditional services failing fast, and will he consider the time it takes to obtain a licence?