Written Answers. - Public Transport.

Michael Ring

Question:

130 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Transport his proposals for the deregulation of the bus market outside the greater Dublin area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2649/03]

On 14 November 2002 I published a report by indepen dent consultants on the regulation of bus services outside the greater Dublin area and I invited comments from interested parties. On publication I said that neither I nor the Government had taken any view on the content of the report and that I was publishing it without commitment. I will give detailed consideration to the recommendations put forward in the report and to all the submissions I have received from interested parties before presenting my proposals for regulation of the bus market outside Dublin.

Question No. 131 answered with Question No. 107.

Question No. 132 answered with Question No. 110.