§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further representations he has had about the future of Greater Manchester Buses from the Greater Manchester passenger transport authority; what reply is being sent; what action he will be taking; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Freeman
Since the Secretary of State issued a direction that Greater Manchester Buses—GMB—should be split, I have met the chairman and other representatives of the Greater Manchester PTA and the chief executive of GMB. There has also been a meeting at official level.
We discussed the reasons for requiring GMB to be split, possible options, and how the splitting and subsequent sale might be progressed.
I am keeping in touch with the PTA.