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TfL Internal Audit IA 17780

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

The documents released under Question 2019/17339 have an 8 June 2017 email from a senior TfL health and safety manager to First Group Tram Operations Limited which states: “It might be prudent to arrange a short pre-start meeting between [TfL] [TOL] and the auditors to agree that and establish the evidence which all parties think would be necessary to achieve a successful outcome.” Do you think it is acceptable for a TfL health and safety officer leading a safety audit of a contractor to suggest such a meeting and do you have confidence in the findings of IA 17780?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I am advised by Transport for London (TfL) that it is standard practice to hold a pre-start or opening meeting. This is documented in TfL’s procedures. The purpose of such meetings is to ensure all understand the audit scope, what people and evidence will need to be made available during the audit, and to identify any potential issues such as competence requirements or access. ISO 190011, International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) and the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors identify this as good practice. That TfL Internal Audit followed accepted good practice does provide confidence in the findings of the audit.