§ Mr. McWalter
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he will introduce the new European model parking badge for disabled motorists. 
§ Mr. Hill
The Regulations have been laid before Parliament today.
We aim to phase in the new parking badge over three years from 1 April 2000 as existing badges come up for renewal and as new applications are processed. It is, of course, only the design of the badge which is affected. The eligibility criteria and the concessions provided under the parking scheme will be unchanged.