§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) what additional information he requires to enable him to approve funding to upgrade the A436 in Gloucestershire; 
(2) what factors he took into account in deciding not to fund Gloucestershire County Council's priority request to upgrade the A436 between Shipton Solers and Crickley Hill. 
§ Mr. Hill
The Government Office for the South West wrote to Gloucestershire County Council on 16 December 1999 explaining why my Department was unable to accept the A436 Shipton Solers to Air Balloon scheme for support in the 2000–01 Local Transport Capital Settlement. The County Council has been advised to consider alternative solutions including looking at the feasibility of dealing with the safety issues by a combination of smaller scale schemes.