§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 570, if he will now make it his policy to collect directly from regional councils in general and the Central regional council in particular, information about savings made and additional routes established since bus deregulation.
§ Mr. Ancram
I do not consider that it would be productive, or merit the interruption to ongoing work which would be involved, to remove the responsibility for collecting compatible information on the financial effects of deregulation from the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. As regards changes in the route network, it would not be practicable at this stage to add new areas to those already selected for comparative pre- and post-deregulation study.