§ Mr. Murphy
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what factors influenced his decision expressed in Cmnd. 8173, "Growing Older" page 24, that travel concessions should be a matter for local discretion.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I have been asked to reply.271W
Concessionary fares have always been a matter for local discretion. The number of old people, the choice of other ways to help them and the availability of bus services can all vary greatly between areas.