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Debate on local buses

MPs took part in a debate on the Transport Committee's report on competition in the local bus market.

Labour chair of the select committee Louise Ellman led the debate on 10 January 2013.

In September 2012 the Transport Committee published findings from its inquiry into local bus services.

MPs on the committee concluded that partnership between bus providers, not competition, would provide the best way to improve services and reduce passenger dissatisfaction.

The report argued quality of service was too variable and bus firms should show more leadership.

In its response, the government said: "In many parts of England, bus services are frequent, reliable, clean and reasonably priced."

The government stressed that it had already allocated £70m to local authorities who "demonstrate the economic benefits" of working with bus operators and that it is "looking to build" on this.

More than five billion journeys are made by bus in Britain every year, three times as many as by rail.

Although bus use in London has steadily risen for more than a decade, the number of passengers using buses in the rest of England has fallen in each of the past three years.

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