§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has specific plans to encourage the wider use of minibuses in city areas and to encourage more private tenders for the provision of transport services generally.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The Transport Act 1983 requires the London Transport Executive and the passenger transport executives to invite tenders for such activities as they consider appropriate. Minibuses play an important complementary role in urban transport, particularly for disabled people. I am actively considering how best to build on these foundations in order to improve the facilities available to the travelling public.