§ 41. Mr. Michael Heseltine
asked the Minister of Transport what subsidies are being paid by either the National Bus Company or British Railways in respect of replacement bus services arising out of rail closures that took place in each of the years 1960 to 1969, inclusive.
§ Mr. Mulley
In 1968, the last full year for which figures are available, the subsidies paid by the Railways Board for these services amounted to about £1 million. I regret that information is not available separately in respect of the closures which took place in each year since 1960. As I told the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Eldon Griffiths) yesterday, financial responsibility for these services is in process of being transferred from British Railways to the National Bus Company and the Scottish Transport Group.—[Vol. 792, c.38.]