§ Mr. Patchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to make a free bus pass available to all pensioners as of right; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
We have no plans to change the present arrangements. Local authorities already have powers to provide pensioners with free or reduced price bus travel. The decision on what to provide is one for the local authority in the light of local demand and the resources that they can make available.