§ 34. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from local authorities in Fife regarding the failure of negotiations with the Scottish Bus Group for a concessionary fares scheme in respect of retirement pensioners and handicapped persons; and what replies he has sent.
§ Mr. Younger
My right hon. Friend has received three letters from local authorities in Fife about the operation of concessionary fares schemes, and he has forwarded them to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for the Environment, as the Minister responsible. I understand that his replies have indicated that such schemes must be settled by agreement between the local authorities and the bus operators concerned.