§ Mr. Robin F. Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the amount of compensation paid to the shareholders in the companies incorporated into the Scottish Bus Group in the latest convenient year and the total amount to date.
§ Mr. William Ross
The Scottish Bus Group was formed under the Transport Act 1962 as a subsidiary of the Transport Holding Company, which took over the publicly owned bus subsidiaries of the former British Transport Commission. The transactions about which my hon. Friend is asking took place when the Group was not the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Scotland, most of them in the years immediately following 1947. However, if he will inform me of the particular aspects in which he is interested I will try to obtain the information he wants.