§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the total provisional standard spending assessments for 1999–2000 for(a) Essex County Council, (b) Maldon District Council, (c) Chelmsford Borough Council and (d) the Essex Police, indicating (i) the amounts for each major service block within each authority and (ii) the amounts of the standard spending assessments as they would have been if calculated by the same formula as in 1998–99. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The South Wales Traffic Area has been administered from Birmingham since 1997. The administration of operator licensing for North Wales is currently carried out from Leeds. The proposals to be put before the House shortly will create a new traffic area for Wales by combining the South Wales Traffic Area with 963W North Wales. To minimise disruption to operators and cost, the new Traffic Area will be administered from Birmingham. The Traffic Commissioner will continue to hold his Public Inquiries in Wales as appropriate. Plans are in hand to modernise the information systems within Traffic Area Offices which will allow us to consider the case for providing facilities in Wales in due course.