§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions when the contract for research commissioned by his Department from ME&P on freight modelling was awarded; when the research project began; what research questions are to be answered; when the study is to conclude; what form the final research report will take; and if he will place related documentation in the Library. 
§ Mr. Jamieson
The review of freight modelling was awarded to ME&P on 2 November 2001. It began at the start of December 2001 and the end date of the contract is 31 May 2002.
Methods used for modelling and forecasting freight both in the UK and abroad will be reviewed and recommendations made on the most appropriate techniques for use by the Department, having regard to the availability of UK data and the opportunities for collecting additional data. The review will include road, rail and other freight modes and will also include the modelling of light goods vehicles.
The review will in particular examine the scope for modelling the effect on freight movements of changes in the location of activities such as manufacturing, retail and warehousing.
The findings of the review will be assembled in a final report and this will be placed in the Library.