§ Mr. Dickens
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if, in view of the decision by the Greater Manchester passenger transport authority to discontinue the bus services from Saddleworth serving the Hulme grammar school, he will review arrangements for the oversight of bus services in Greater Manchester.
§ Mr. Portillo
Decisions on the provision of subsidised local bus services are entirely a matter for local authorities, in this case the Greater Manchester passenger transport authority.
I understand that its policy is to discriminate against children at independent schools.
However, I am told that a private operator has now introduced services which should meet the need.