HC Deb 17 March 1986 vol 94 c19W
18. Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what changes he expects in the numbers of bus services in the evenings following the start of a deregulated bus service.

Mr. David Mitchell

Deregulation will encourage bus operators to respond more flexibly to passenger demand, but local authorities will still be able to subsidise particular services if there are gaps in the commercial provisions.