§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what machinery exists for (a) achieving an integrated and efficient transport system in Wales and (b) consultations between the South Wales traffic area and the North-Western area; and what proposals he has for improving the latter link.
§ Mr. Michael Roberts
County councils are responsible for planning and developing public transport and are statutorily required to consult public transport service operators, district councils and, where appropriate, other county councils. In discharging these duties authorities keep in mind that the Transport Act 1980 was designed to promote efficiency in public transport by encouraging competition and innovation. Matters concerning traffic areas are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport.