§ Mr. Channon
asked the Minister of Transport if he will give a general directive to British Railways to require them to give adequate notice before proposing fare increases; and to give such notice in such a way that the general public may easily and in adequate time be aware of any such proposals.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
No. A general direction would not be appropriate. Section 48(1) of the Transport Act, 1962, lays down the manner in which increases 21W in London fares under the special procedure prescribed in that Section must be notified. As regards applications under Section 46 of the Act, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 9th November to the hon. Member for Orpington (Mr. Lubbock). Changes in fares outside the London area are entirely a matter for the British Railways Board.