To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if the Government will establish a challenge fund for local authorities for car clubs; (2) what plans the Department has for undertaking further research into the effectiveness of car clubs; (3) what encouragement the Department is giving to local authorities within its guidance for developing local transport plans for the support of car clubs; and what
(a) financial and (b) other support the Department is giving to local authorities for (i) promotion and (ii) development of car clubs. 
My right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport announced the Government's response to the Motorist's Forum's Report on car sharing and car clubs on 3 December 2002, Official Report, column 72WS. The response outlined the work and further support it will give in this field.The response was placed in the Libraries of the House and is also available on DfT's website at http://www local-transport.dft.gov.uk/travelplans/mforum/index.htm.