HC Deb 16 May 1972 vol 837 c85W
Mr. Leslie Huckfield

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list the provisions which empower her to intervene and request a reversion to status quo in connection with proposed changes by local education authorities in the issue of school bus passes; and whether she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

There is no provision specifically in the terms of the Question. Section 55(1) of the Education Act, 1944, empowers me to direct a local education authority to make arrangements for the provision of free school transport, but school transport arrangements are normally a matter for authorities' own discretion except when pupils live beyond statutory walking distance of the school.