§ 2. Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his policy towards the substitution of rail by bus services.
§ The Secretary of State for Transport (Mr. William Rodgers)
I have no firm or exclusive view.
§ Mr. Rodgers
I agree with my hon. Friend that for the most part attempts in the past have been unsuccessful and the dividends that were expected to be gained have not been there. But I do not rule out the possibility that bus substitution might make sense. Our objective must be to meet the needs of the public in the most cost-effective way, and that could be by bus rather than by rail. However, that is a matter about which I have an open mind.