§ Mrs. May
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what bus priority schemes have been introduced since 1997, giving(a) the date of introduction of the scheme and (b) the body introducing and responsible for the scheme, distinguishing between (i) guided bus systems, (ii) infrastructure improvements and (iii) other schemes. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 27 June 2002]: Since 1997 we have approved or provisionally approved the following bus-based major local transport schemes in England outside London. The table lists the schemes, their type, the local authority and the year of approval.205W
Authority Scheme Type 2000 Bradford South Bradford Integrated Transport Improvements Infrastructure Bradford City Centre Integrated Transport Scheme Infrastructure Cheshire Chester-Deeside Transport Scheme Guided Derby Connecting Derby Infrastructure Doncaster A638 Great North Road Quality Bus Corridor Infrastructure Greater Manchester PTA Urban Traffic Management Scheme Other Newcastle Quayside Public Transport Project Infrastructure Warwickshire Nuneaton Development Project Infrastructure Plymouth Northern Corridor Scheme Infrastructure Wiltshire Salisbury Integrated Transport Measures Infrastructure Southend Al3 Transport Corridor Infrastructure Tyne and Wear PTA Centrelink Infrastructure Tyne and Wear PTA Stephensons Corridor Joblink Infrastructure Walsall Integrated Transport Strategy Infrastructure Warrington Urban Traffic Management Scheme Other West Midlands PTA Hagley Road Bus Showcase Infrastructure West Midlands PTA Outer Circle Bus Showcase Infrastructure West Sussex Fastway Guided Wolverhampton Centre Access Scheme Infrastructure 2001 Barnsley Barnsley Interchange Infrastructure Durham Belmont Interchange Infrastructure Greater Manchester PTA Northern Orbital QualityBus Corridor Infrastructure Kent Fastrack Guided Leeds A65 Quality Bus Project Guided Surrey School Bus Initiative Other Tyne and Wear PTA Four Lane Ends Interchange Infrastructure West Midlands PTA Masshouse Circus Infrastructure 2002 Greater Manchester PTA South East Manchester Quality Bus Corridor Infrastructure
Allocation of road space is a matter for the local highway authority. In addition to the major schemes, local authorities outside London indicate that they proposed to implement over 100 smaller scale bus priority schemes in both the last and present financial years.
In London, since 3 July 2000 the implementation of bus priority measures has been the responsibility of the London local authorities and Transport for London (which reports to the Mayor). They are taking forward the London Bus Initiative, which is a strategic initiative to improve the service on London's key bus routes and includes priority measures. This £60 million initiative is being funded by the Government, including £50 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund.
Before 3 July 2000, bus priority measures in London were taken forward by the London local authorities through the London Bus Priority Network initiative.
Details about schemes in London and specific smaller schemes outside, including their timetable for introduction and detailed cost break-down, are not kept centrally.