§ Jane Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what the terms of reference and areas of study are for the London to Reading multi-modal study. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The London to Reading multi-modal study is included in the second tranche of the multi-modal studies programme announced last month; work on which will start in 2000–01. The Government Office for the South East will set up a steering group to include representatives from the South East Regional Planning conference (SERPLAN), and other regional and transport interests, to determine the terms of reference for the study and to take the study forward.
The London to Reading study will also take into account any emerging findings from the London to South West and the South Wales multi-modal study, which is included in tranche one of the studies programme and will start in 1999–2000.