Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 320 - 323)



  320. You are going to try and reduce that.
  (Mr Austin) Absolutely.

  321. What benefits have come from the strategy board?
  (Mr Austin) Greater awareness of cooperating between people and, for example, with the DVLA, when you pass your test you will not have to jump through hoops to get your licence made into a full one. That is a nice illustration of something that we may not have considered before. I get the impression that they have a much greater willingness to be co-operative on that level.

  322. Finally, Mr Austin, will you be looking at the whole business of appealing against your decision for those people who have to work with you? You, it seems to me, are constrained by your trading fund. Secondly, that you only have a very, very limited way of making money, you made that very clear to us today. Those are two major constraints. I am concerned, because it does make me wonder, whether anyone who is dealing with you will have the right to effectively get a second opinion on something like the closure of a centre?
  (Mr Austin) That is, I have to admit, not something that I have spent much time giving thought to. What I am adamant about is if people feel uncomfortable with that I am happy to explore the mechanisms to give them the ability to feel they are not talking to a monopoly. I am happy to explore a mechanism to overcome that if I can. I do not have an answer at the moment.

  323. If you bear in mind we may be asking you this question again in due course that may help you concentrate. Thank you very much for your evidence.

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