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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00833: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has paid to private bus operators across all grants and subsidies in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 June 2016

The Scottish Government does not distinguish between bus operators according to their ownership status. Payments to operators in the private, public and voluntary sectors over the last five years have been made through the Scottish green bus fund, bus service operators' grant (BSOG), grants to support smart ticketing development under section 70 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 and reimbursement payments for carrying concessionary passengers under the national concessionary travel schemes for older and disabled people and for young people.

Approximate spend through the Scottish green bus fund, which supports the roll out of low carbon buses, is noted in the following table.

2011-12

£1.5 million

2012-13

£1.9 million

2013-14

£2.4 million

2014-15

£2.9 million

2015-16

No payment

Approximate spend under BSOG is noted in the following table.

2011-12

£59.2 million

2012-13

£52.5 million

2013-14

£49.7 million

2014-15

£51 million

2015-16

£53.4 million

The Scottish Government has provided Section 70 grants to bus operators to support smart ticketing development as noted in the following table.

2011-12

£0.4 million

2012-13

No payment

2013-14

£0.2 million

2014-15

£0.1 million

2015-16

No payment

The Scottish Government reimburses bus operators under the national concessionary travel schemes. Payments made to all participating bus operators for each of the last five years are detailed in the following table.

 

Older and Disabled Persons Concessionary Travel Scheme (approx.)

Young Persons Concessionary Travel Scheme (approx.)

2011-12

£190.5 million

£1.2 million

2012-13

£197.2 million

£1.4 million

2013-14

£188.8 million

£1.5 million

2014-15

£189.1 million

£1.3 million

2015-16

£188.5 million

£1.2 million

For the concessionary travel reimbursement figures above, 2015-16 includes estimation in respect of claim finalisation outstanding.

Transport Scotland publishes monthly details of all items of expenditure at a value of £25,000 or over. This information is available at: www.transportscotland.gov.uk/about-us/expenditure/reports