§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment 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. Alan Howarth
The Department of Education and Employment has only once provided financial support for ACE. That was in respect of a research project into the settlement of disputes between disabled people and service providers. There is a small balance to pay£2,501—on successful completion of the project.
ACE are free to bid for funding for future project work. All such applications are considered on their merits.