Mr Mayor, despite that long discussion with our colleague, Val Shawcross, I think it has to be right that Londoners across the board will be really shocked to hear that the bus subsidy is now over £600 million a year and, as you said in your answer, it has gone up from about £20 million. Councillor Phil Taylor in Ealing is regularly writing to us about this constantly climbing bus subsidy and, at the same time, various people write to us to say they do believe that there are too many empty buses running about the roads, particularly in the middle of the day.
I think you said that the subsidy comes from the Treasury so, even in the unlikely event of another Labour Government, it would surely have to cut the bus subsidy. Presumably, a Conservative Chancellor will also have to look very carefully at it. So we really have got to tackle this, surely, and we have got to listen to Londoners who do believe that there are too many empty buses on the roads at certain times of the day.