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Fitness to Drive

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will

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seek information from his EU transport counterparts on restrictions on driving vehicles by people with insulin-treated diabetes. [135398]

Mr. Hill: The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has written to all EU counterparts. To date replies have been received from Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Germany. Information has also been obtained from Norway.

In the light of this information, the Secretary of State's honorary advisory medical panel on diabetes and driving has reconsidered its previous advice and recommended that applicants with good diabetic control and no significant complications may apply for C1 entitlement (vehicles of between 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes). The panel will meet again on 8 November to finalise the details, after which public consultation will begin with a view to having the legislative changes in place by spring 2001.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to review the ban on driving of Group II vehicles by insulin-using diabetics. [135496]

Mr. Hill [holding answer 31 October 2000]: At their meeting on 4 October, the Secretary of State's honorary medical advisory panel on driving and diabetes reviewed the licensing arrangements for Group 2 vehicles (vehicles above 3.5 tonnes). They agreed that those with good diabetic control and no significant complications should be allowed to apply for a licence for category C1 vehicles (between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes). They will meet again on 8 November to finalise the details, after which public consultation will begin with a view to having the legislative changes in place by spring 2001.

Housing Green Paper (Wales)

Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what arrangements he has made to take account of specific Welsh needs when drawing up his Bill on the proposals in the housing Green Paper. [135116]

Mr. Mullin: My Department maintains regular contact with the National Assembly for Wales, both at official and ministerial level, about taking forward the proposals in our housing Green Paper. My hon. Friend the Minister for Housing and Planning also hopes to meet the new Assembly Minister for Finance, Local Government and Communities in the near future. Responses to the Green Paper, and consultation with the National Assembly, will inform the framing of any proposed legislation. We will be announcing the outcome of the Green Paper consultation before the end of the year.

Single Regeneration Budget

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list those single regeneration budget bids which (a) were not successful in SRB Round 6 and (b) did not receive their funding bid in full. [134847]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 October 2000]: There were 258 final bids received under round 6 of the single regeneration budget and 189 of these were awarded SRB funding. The unsuccessful bids are given in list A. Successful bids that received reduced funding are

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listed in table B. All SRB bidders were required to prioritise the different elements of their bid to show what would be suitable at reduced levels of funding.

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Table B

Name of SRB round 6 final bid with reduced fundingSRB total soughtSRB total announced
East of England
Oxmoor Opportunities1,6471,483
East Midland
Positioned for prosperity -moving forward--Coalfields17,00015,100
Including local communities--Nottingham (GNP)9,0008,800
Normanton regeneration--Derby7,0006,800
Greater Humberstone--Leicester8,0007,800
Promoting growth--Lincoln2,5782,348
Regeneration in Buxton and the Peaks3,0002,700
Making the Links--North West Leicestershire922800
Connecting Northamptonshire Communities2,0001,800
Bridging Communities--Leicestershire rural2,0051,500
Bridging the gap--Boston1,3161,216
New start Netherfield--Nottingham97350
Loughborough outreach99950
Erewash valley--Amber valley1,00050
From Hardcore Homeless8,8186,000
Changing Places, London Lives10,7508,063
Urban Renaissance in Lewisham17,72915,900
More London Bridge--More Opportunities for Residents and Employees/ers17,90015,210
New Beginnings New Settlements5,9895,000
Health Benefits Regeneration12,0009,000
Delivering London's Manufacturing Offer in Thames Gateway South12,00010,800
Enterprise for Communities3,4141,500
Communities in Business: Poplar and Leaside23,00020,700
Digital Learning Ring: The Next Generation5,8735,300
All Change @ Camden Central13,8607,000
The Art of Regeneration2,8422,500
Renewal: Turning Adversity into Opportunity for Refugees and Recent Arrivals in West London6,5006,000
The Jobs Opportunities Programme1,000900
Putting New Heart into Grahame Park2,5952,500
Raising Our Sights: New Ambitions for Young People in Lambeth10,7636,000
The Circle Initiative5,1454,631
Prosperity and Pride for Peckham3,0001,500
Park Royal Connect14,9556,955
Centre of Expertise for Manufacturing7,0006,300
A Model for Best Practice: Joined Up Regeneration in the Thames Gateway480200
The London Civic Forum--Reconnecting London306150
Opportunity into Reality: A New Waterloo24,91819,005
The Grid for Creative London9,3952,000
Community Courthouse Initiative6,000200
Community Involvement Across the London Region1,572190
Access to Excellence for Newham's Communities25,00018,750
Manufacturing Investment and Workforce Development in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Thurrock12,50010,000
Keep London Working9,5294,500
London South Central Connections25,00020,000
The Thames Gateway London Remade Programme: Re-engineering Secondary Materials7,9255,400
North East
Promoting strong, Healthy and Safe communities in Co. Durham22,00020,000
Gateshead--A New Future12,00010,800
Middlesbrough--Accelerating the Renaissance20,00010,000
Redcar and Cleveland--Pathways to Inclusion10,5007,875
North Hartlepool--Headland Revival10,3307,725
Newcastle--Going for Growth9,9967,497
North West
Hyndburn--People of Accrington and Church Together12,0918,000
Pendle--The Time is Now for Nelson15,25012,000
Wigan--Worsley Mesnes Community Gains15,2508,250
Cumbria Rural Partnership--Distinctly Cumbrian4,000150
South East of England
North Kent Forward280240
Swanley--People First728650
Herne Bay and Whitstable Coastal Regeneration Programme1,1341,000
Dover Urban Regeneration Programme2,2612,000
Thanet Horizons13,00010,000
East Kent Strategic Area Framework15850
Pooling Our Resources: A Culture of Inclusion for Eastbourne7,4435,000
Promoting Social Inclusion in Brighton and Hove6,9565,000
Coastal Renaissance in East Sussex250200
Hastings and St. Leonards--A Sea Change10,98910,000
Ryde 20006,5146,250
Turning the Tide: A Bright Coastal Future6,9956,950
Southampton Community Futures25,76415,000
Thames Valley Social Enterprise1,7711,770
PRREDASI--Promoting Regional Race Equality300100
Able to do Business2,497100
Medway Innovation Centre2,420300
South West
Wontford Regeneration Partnership (Exeter)99240
Regeneration of South Western Bridport (Dorset)1,99550
Bath Communities Improving Together2,00050
Bid for Sutton Ward (Plymouth)11,2008,400
Bringing Glastonbury Together951713
Communities First in Rural Somerset (Phase II)1,6071,200
Bringing Bristol Together9,9008,350
Weston-super-Mare; Together2,9502,360
West Midlands
NW Birmingham Corridors of Regeneration44,36339,963
Sandwell Learning Plus30,00022,500
Regenerating the Social Economy in the West Midlands11,7503,525
Burton--Investing in Inclusion8,7006,525
South Warwickshire PIE4,0013,000
Hereford in Touch4,9463,709
Making a Difference in North Staffordshire7,9425,004
Improving Access to Effective Services in Telford2,5901,943
Yorkshire and the Humber
Netherthorpe and Upperthorpe--Sheffield6,5005,000
South Yorkshire Black Forum1,200600
South Yorkshire Coalfield90,00080,000
Regen. Halifax 200016,17612,100
Hull City Vision33,30028,300
Humber Works4,3003,500
Spirit of Staithes Regeneration Initiative1,8001,083

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