London concession fares
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• A Ministry of Transport circular may be sent to the London Boroughs reminding them of their powers to grant concessionary fares to the elderly, the blind and the disabled.
A half-promise to do this came last week from Mr Bob Brown, Parliamentary Sccretary to the Transport Ministry, after MPs had complained that there were no cheap fares in London.
The Boroughs should not need to be reminded, because they knew well enough what their permissive powers were, said Mr Brown, but in view of the pressure from MPs he would consult the Minister. Mr Brown emphasized that the Minister had no power to intervene in this matter to tell local authorities how their discretion should be exercised.
The Department had been considering the issues involved in making an Order and had now circulated to the associations representing operators and local authorities the proposals the Minister had put forward.
The comments on these proposals were still awaited, said Mr Brown, and when the Ministry had them it would immediately consider what the most suitable course of action was in the light of those comments. •