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star this property date less than 2016-02-02more like thismore than 2016-02-02
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Department for Transport more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Transport more like this
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star this property hansard heading Bus Services more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to maintain a strong commercial bus market. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Mid Sussex more like this
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Sir Nicholas Soames more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-09more like thismore than 2016-02-09
star this property answer text <p>Buses play a vital role as the backbone of our public transport system and are key to a healthy growing economy. We want to see the bus industry thrive and are introducing a Buses Bill which will provide local authorities and bus operators with a wider, more effective range of tools to improve local bus services. The Bill will include arrangements to allow commercial bus operators to work more effectively in partnership with local government and other local stakeholders.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, the Government decided that financial support for bus services provided through the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) system – around £250m a year - should be protected as part of the 2015 spending round, preserving millions of bus passenger journeys. Around £200m of that is paid to individual bus operators, according to how much fuel they use in running their services. The remaining funding is paid to local authorities to help support bus services in their areas. DfT is reforming BSOG to make it more effective, and plans to publish details of changes to the system in early 2016. This should improve the grant’s effectiveness in supporting bus services, and provide better value to the taxpayer.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough remove filter
star this property answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Nicholas Soames remove filter