§ Mr. McCrindle
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many licences or permits have been issued under the Transport Act, 1968, in the Eastern area, allowing private operators to run public bus or coach services.
§ Mr. Peyton
The Transport Act, 1968, provides powers to the traffic commissioners to issue permits as alternatives to the road service licences. The traffic commissioners for the eastern traffic area have issued such permits to two private operators.