§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress to date in bus deregulation in south-east Hampshire.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Local bus operators and Hampshire county council have worked hard on the transition to deregulation. As with any major change there have been teething problems, but I have no doubt that these will be resolved, and, in the longer term, competition will produce benefits for the public.