Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (77, 78, 79, 80, 81)

Joan Burton

Question:

136 Ms Burton asked the Minister for Transport the position concerning his Department’s discussions with the CIE group of unions in regard to the restructuring of the CIE groups of companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6765/04]

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Pádraic McCormack

Question:

139 Mr. McCormack asked the Minister for Transport his plans for bus deregulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6613/04]

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Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

141 Mr. Gogarty asked the Minister for Transport if he proposes to achieve his target of 25% of bus services in Dublin being open to competitive tender by the allocation of exclusively new bus routes to this open competition; and if he will also need to open up some existing bus services to ensure that the target is reached. [6816/04]

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Joe Costello

Question:

179 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Transport his plans for the privatisation of one quarter of existing bus routes throughout the country; the basis for his view that this will improve services; his proposals for regulation of the bus markets; if he will report on the state of discussions with the unions in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6770/04]

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Olivia Mitchell

Question:

192 Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Transport his plans for bus deregulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6614/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136, 139, 141, 179 and 192 together.

I refer the Deputies to my reply to Question No. 111.

Question No. 137 answered with QuestionNo. 135.