§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will make a statement on the future financial support from his Department for disabled persons and disability groups through the Access Committee for England. 
§ Mr. Raynsford
The question is taken to refer to funding for the Access Committee for England (ACE), for which this Department's involvement has always been peripheral, confined normally to occasional research projects. In the event of the Department inviting ACE to bid, in accordance with the Department's specification, for any future project requirements, a bid from ACE would be considered on its merits alongside other bids invited for that work.