Departmental NDPBs

Transport written question – answered on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises, (c) conduct consultation exercises with outside commercial interests, (d) publish a register of members' interests, (e) publish agendas for meetings and (f) publish the minutes of meetings; and whether it is under a statutory requirement in each case.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Details of the Department for Transport's advisory non-departmental public bodies can be found on the Cabinet Office's Public Bodies Directory at: http://www.knowledgenetwork.gov.uk/ndpb/ndpb.nsf

(a) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee has held public meetings in the past, but this is not a statutory requirement.

(b) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee has conducted public consultation exercises in the past, but this is not a statutory requirement.

(c) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee does consult stakeholders in the transport sector including organisations with commercial interests.

The Commission for Integrated Transport also consults stakeholders in the transport sector as a part of its research programme; on occasion this includes organisations with commercial interests. This is not a statutory requirement.

(d) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee has a register of Members' interests, but this is not a statutory requirement. The register of Members' interests is not published and is available from the Secretariat on request.

The Commission for Integrated Transport publishes a register of members' interests in its annual report, but this is not a statutory requirement.

(e) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee does not publish agendas for meetings.

The Commission for Integrated Transport publishes agendas for its plenary meetings, but this is not a statutory requirement.

(f) The Disabled Persons' Transport Advisory Committee publishes minutes of Main Committee meetings on its website at http://www.dptac.gov.uk/about.htm#minutes, but this is not a statutory requirement. Minutes of other meetings may in some cases be available under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Commission for Integrated Transport publishes minutes of its plenary meetings, but this is not a statutory requirement.

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