Cabinet Secretaries' notebooks (CAB 195/18): Transport - rural bus service
Transport: rural bus service
As in memo.
Rural M.P.'s (Tories) feel we have done little on this. Services are deteriorating Pressure to remove petrol & diesel duty fr. rural services. But we cant draw a line. Gave limited assistance to all bus services. Our supporters say it isn't enough for the rural - and want at least an enquiry, so we can say so in Election. But it prob. means a recommn. for subsidy - in 18-24 months' time.
If approved, I wd. wish to be consulted on composn. of Cttee.
Wd. avoid discn. on Finance Bill.
On merits, there is as much rural trouble over electricity & sewerage.
If we have a Cttee., it shd. cover Scotland.
Agreed : Cttee. to cover Scotland. Composn. to be settled, in consultn. with H.A.
Taken from C.C. 30(59) - Meeting held on 7 May 1959