§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions which private(a) bus companies and (b) rail companies he has held discussions with during the last 12 months about the standard of services which they provide; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
My colleagues and I have met a number of bus operators over the last 12 months to discuss a range of issues, including standards of service and our policies for promoting bus Quality Partnerships. The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport and I met all rail franchisees and Railtrack on 26 November to agree short term measures to improve performance. A larger rail summit will be held on 25 February to look at the long-term improvement of standards across the rail network.