§ Mr. Bendall
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will make a statement on London taxi fares.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
My right hon. Friend has made an order increasing London taxi fares by about 5.3 per cent. on average with effect from Sunday 15 June 1986. The new tariff will incorporate a minimum fare of 80p (including an unchanged hire charge of 40p) for the first 990 yards or 3 minutes 30 seconds. The rate will then be 20p for every 495 yards, or 1 minute 45 seconds up to 6 miles, and 20p for each 330 yards or 70 seconds thereafter.