Vital detail missing from PTA planning
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by DEREK MOSES
THE MORE I learn about Mrs. Barbara Castle's proposed Passenger Transport Authorities, the less faith I have in the idea. Wild theories have been advanced which will demand tremendous efforts to translate into anything resembling reality.
Mr. Michael Heseltine (Conservative, Tavistock) asked some searching questions about PTAs in the House last week. The written answers given by Mr. Stephen Swingler, Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, were hardly convincing.
Mr. Heseltine asked what calculations Mrs. Castle had made to indicate the capital requirements of the first four PTA areas in equipping themselves for the business of hiring out buses and cars, what estimate she had made of the profits which would flow from this business and what profits would flow from the operation of excursions and tours. Mr. Swingler answered that the powers to operate tours, hire out buses and so on were permissive. Each Executive