§ 52. Mr. Stoddart
asked the Minister of Transport if he will investigate with urban public transport authorities and the electric traction industry the feasibility 752W and desirability of the use of trolleybuses for stage carriage passenger transport services.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The transport and road research laboratory is looking at the possibilities for developing electric vehicles. But, as the hon. Member will see from the copy I am sending him of a recent report it published, a battery trolleybus system would use more primary energy than the diesel bus, have a higher capital cost and offer no saving in running costs.