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ACCAC Budget

Mr. Dafis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what was the total amount of money returned to his Department's budget from Awdurdod Cwricwlwm Cymwesterau ac Asesu Cymru (ACCAC) in 1998-99. [82698]

Mr. Hain: No money was returned to the Department's budget by ACCAC in 1998-99.

Following the transfer of functions, this issue will be a matter for the National Assembly.

Rail Travel

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the potential for increased travel by rail. [82098]

Mr. Michael: One of the main objectives of the Government's integrated transport policy is to encourage greater use of public transport, including rail. The National Assembly will be contributing to the work which the shadow Strategic Rail Authority has under way to develop a strategic plan for the railways.

Following the transfer of functions, responsibility for the regulation and financial support of rail services will remain with he Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

National Assembly

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received about devolving additional powers to the Welsh Assembly. [82100]

Mr. Michael: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Sir S. Chapman) on 31 March 1999, Official Report, column 725.