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School transport debate

The Conservative MP for Loughborough, Nicky Morgan, has claimed that some local authorities have "lost common sense" in decisions over free school bus places.

She used a Westminster Hall debate on 10 January 2012 to focus on the removal of places for dozens of local schoolchildren in Leicestershire, especially for pupils travelling from Sileby to Barrow-upon-Soar.

The County Council have proposed to end free travel for certain children to ensure "fair and equal access to school transport".

It says that the affected villages have a safe "walking route" to local schools.

In accordance with national guidelines, the council does not have to provide free transport to pupils living within three miles of their school, provided there is a reasonably safe walking route available.

However Ms Morgan opposed the view that the walking route was safe.

She said she welcomed giving local authorities the chance to make decisions locally - "but only if they are made fairly and transparently".

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