§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what plans he has to consult rural bus customers about the Rural Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) if he will undertake to consult parish councils on the Rural Bus Challenge; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The criteria and arrangements for the rural bus challenge have been the subject of recent consultation with the Local Government Association and other organisations. We will shortly be issuing guidance to local authorities which will suggest consultation with appropriate individuals and bodies, which could include parish councils, in preparing bids for the challenge competition.