Transport Minister Norman Baker has recognised the contribution of Sir Brian Souter in parliament.
In debate about Quality Contracts (QC), Bill Esterson MP (Labour, Sefton Central) commented: “Sir Brian said he’d rather take poison than enter a QC. Is it not the reality that operators would rather maximise profits than look after the interests passengers? Should not the priority be to improve services, rather than to put more money into the pockets of the bus operators?”
Baker replied: “If a firm does not look after its passengers, its services will suffer as a result. Sir Brian has contributed a great deal to the development of bus services in the UK, and that fact should be widely recognised by all. The hon. Gentleman should also recognise that legislation is on the statute.”