§ Mr. Butcher
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware of the needs for more widespread routes and more frequent services of motor-omnibuses in rural districts after the war; and whether plans for these are now being prepared.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
My Noble Friend is now trying to improve the omnibus services in rural districts, so far as man-power and other resources permit. In due course after the war these omnibus services will be again governed by the provisions of the Road Traffic Acts of 1930 to 1937. Under these Acts all services are licensed by the Area Traffic Commissioners; in deciding upon applications, the Commission must have regard, amongst other things, to the provision of adequate, suitable and efficient services, and to the provision of unremunerative services, if there is a public need to be served.