§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what reports he has received concerning disruption of bus services through lack of spare parts; what action he has taken to identify the causes of such shortage; and what further action he has taken.
§ Mr. Mulley
This is one of several causes of unreliability in bus services, although its relative importance varies in different areas. My Department and the Department of Industry held talks earlier this year with manufacturers and bus operators. Special measures have been taken to reduce the backlog of orders.