Decimalfares Government scrutiny
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• Mr. Fred Malley, Minister of Transport, commenting on Friday on London Transport fares, said: "There are clearly a number of factors which affect the level and structure of fares. Nevertheless, the Government wish to make it quite clear that decimalization cannot, of itself, be a justification for price increases and that it would be totally inconsistent with Government policy for the changeover to decimalization to be used as a pretext for unnecessary increases in prices.
"The fares structure of London Transport bus and rail services is no longer a direct Government responsibility; it is primarily a matter for the London Transport Executive itself, subject to the approval of the Greater London Council. The Government therefore expect the Executive and the Council to subject their intentions to close examination in the light of the Government's policy; but they reserve the right to arrange as necessary for further scrutiny of, andappropriate action on, any proposals which may be made by the Executive."