It goes on:
"Assembly Government payments to bus operators for free carriage of over-60s have more than doubled in six years to £66m – while passenger journeys on buses increased by just 7.8%.
"New figures also indicate that from 2007-08 to 2008-09, there was no increase in passenger journeys in Wales, but WAG paid 15.8% more to bus firms under the free travel scheme."
That would suggest that pensioners are replacing regular paying travellers. Is that really the case?
One obvious question that needs to be posed is to what extent individual bus companies are monitored on their claims to WAG. It would be unfair to blame all companies but the number of free bus travellers is down to each individual bus driver. How can WAG be certain how accurate these figures are?
The need for more public transport throughout Wales has never been greater with the cost of fuel, low wages and unemployment making private car travel prohibitive for many.