Examination of Witnesses (Questions 197
WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001
197. Welcome. You had the advantage of listening
in on the previous session. Our questions to you may be rather
different but thank you for coming today. We appreciate it very
much indeed. Is there any additional statement you would like
to make before we begin questioning?
(Mr Joseph) I had better introduce the
work we do on transport taxation. Transport 2000 convenes a transport
taxation group, convened by Alastair Hanton. That brings together
a number of researchers, environmental groups and transport operators
in considering transport taxation issues. We have today published,
with the Worldwide Fund for Nature, a research report on transport
taxation and issues in relation to climate change. Stephen Potter
from the Open University is one of the authors of that. The other
author, Malcolm Fergusson, from the Institute for European Environmental
Policy, I think you are going to see next week. That report is
in the public domain and we will get a copy sent to the Committee
as soon as we can.
198. Most of us have been familiar with Transport
2000 for quite a long time. It is quite an interesting period
for you because we are beyond 2000 now. How are you financed?
How did Transport 2000 come to be set up?
(Mr Joseph) Transport 2000 is an environmental campaign
and research organisation. It receives money from trade unions,
transport operators, train companies. It has individual supporters
and a number of grant making trusts such as various of the Sainsbury
family charitable trusts and so on. We also get project funding
for various pieces of work from government bodies and transport
operators too. We have a very broad range of finance.
199. Your objectives are what?
(Mr Joseph) Our objective, in a phrase, is for more
environmentally sustainable transport policies. We conduct a lot
of research work and try to make sure that the campaigning we
do is based on solid research.