HL Deb 11 March 1964 vol 256 cc523-4WA

asked her Majesty's Government:

Whether they can now make a further statement on the action they propose to take about the rural transport problem.


In the light of the special studies of rural transport my right honourable friend the Minister of Transport has had consultations with representatives of local authorities and bus operators. The studies to date have produced no unanimity about what is the right solution to this problem. It is clear that only by experiment can we test the validity of the various remedies that have been suggested. My right honourable friend therefore plans to conduct practical experiments in selected rural areas which can be taken as typical examples. Some of them will be areas where we have already held local surveys which provide much valuable background data. The areas already chosen are in Lincolnshire, Montgomeryshire, Northamptonshire, and Westmorland.

The ways in which we can experiment will be settled through local consultations in each of the areas concerned between representatives of the local authorities, bus operators, and welfare organisations. The co-operation of all these interests will be essential. When we have gained practical and positive experience in this way, we shall be in a position to assess the situation generally.

House adjourned at nine minutes before eight o'clock.