HC Deb 23 November 2001 vol 375 c505W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what travel concessions are available, and how many people are eligible per group,(a) in total, (b) in Teesside and (c) in the Middlesbrough, South and Cleveland, East constituency. [17798]

Ms Keeble

The Transport Act 2000 requires local authorities and PTEs in England and Wales to provide half-price fares on local buses to pensioners and disabled people, with no charge for the pass. In addition, the Transport Act 1985 gives local authorities discretion to provide a more generous scheme (eg less than half-fare or free travel; discounted travel on trains, metros, trams, ferries; or cross-boundary travel). In London, the Freedom Pass scheme is covered by the Greater London Authority Act 1999. Broadly 5.5 million pensioners and 1.5 million disabled people are eligible for these concessions.

Regional or constituency data are not held centrally.