§ Mr. Watkins
asked the Minister of Transport what advice he received from representatives of the bus industry as to the number of particular local cases in Wales and Monmouthshire in which considerable effort will be required to meet passenger needs where rail services are withdrawn.
§ Mr. Marples
When I saw them on 9th April, the bus operators' representatives said only in general terms that particular local cases might need a considerable effort. As the hon. Member knows, however, each proposal to withdraw passenger services from any line or station has to follow the procedure laid down in Section 56 of the Transport Act, 1962. Any particular difficulty in providing alternative services can be considered at that stage.