§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many projects are awaiting a decision about a grant application under section 65 of the Transport Act 1968 (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in the north west.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I have agreed to pay grant under section 56 of the Transport Act 1968 on 11 existing public transport projects which were previously supported through TSG.374W
Several new schemes, including the refurbishment of Moore lane bus station in Bolton which my hon. Friend referred to in his question of 18 February, have been suggested as possible candidates for grant.
A draft circular outlining the criteria which will apply to such projects, has been sent to the local authority associations for their views. Once the circular has been issued local authorities will be able to submit grant applications for projects which meet the criteria.