§ 37. Mr. Bidwell
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the London Transport joint trades union committee concerning manufacturing powers of London Regional Transport; and what has been his reply.
£ million at 1983–84 prices 1974–75 outturn 1983–84 latest expected outturn Central Government support to British Rail 1,072 851 Local authority revenue support to public transport, including PTE support to British Rail 406 534 Concessionary fares 136 218 New bus grants 71 16 Bus fuel duty rebate 109 101 Total 1,793 1,721
(a) Figures are individually rounded.
(b) The system of grant support for the passenger railway under the public service obligation was introduced on 1 January 1975, and the 1983–84 figure is in respect of central Government PSO payments But for the first three quarters of the 1974–75 financial year, BR received specific grants for unremunerative railway passenger services and a cash flow deficit grant which was not hypothecated between the passenger and non-passenger railway, with PSO grant being paid only in respect of the last quarter
(c) New bus grants were phased out between mid-1980 and 1 April 1984. Figures for other capital grants have been included because capital expenditure, by its nature, can vary greatly from year to year.380W
§ Mrs. Chalker
My right hon. Friend received a letter from the committee on 19 June. A reply will be sent shortly.