§ 10. Mr. Sheldon
asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for the integration of transport in London under local government control.
§ Mr. Marsh
The Government's proposals were set out in the White Paper "Transport in London"(Cmnd. 3686) published in July. The Transport (London) Bill, designed to give effect to these proposals, is now before the House.
§ Mr. Sheldon
Whilst I welcome the Bill, may I ask whether my right hon. Friend is aware that marked concern is felt by many people outside London for the subsidies that London Transport has received? Can he hold out any hope that the subsidies will now end, because people outside the London area do not like paying for the congestion of London?
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Could the right hon. Gentleman be a little more explicit? Do his plans include an increase in fares for London Transport to make it a viable unit?