HC Deb 09 February 1999 vol 325 c149W
32. Mr. Todd

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what steps he has taken to improve access to public transport in rural parts of Derbyshire. [68295]

Dr. Reid

We have already allocated just over £1.5 million for improved bus services in rural Derbyshire as part of the additional funding for rural transport of £50 million announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor in his last budget. Over half of Derbyshire's allocation will be used to fund the Southern Derbyshire Rural Access Initiative, a scheme aimed at improving transport links to help combat social exclusion in rural areas. There will be further allocations in future financial years. In addition, £600,000 has been allocated to Derbyshire for rural and non-package minor works in the local transport capital settlement for 1999–2000.