Examination of Witnesses (Questions 600
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2001
600. It is not very disparate, is it; most people
have got a common interest very firmly?
(Mr Bell) I would not like to opine on how the Government
should encourage the formation of the new Railtrack board. There
are some 300 to 400 active housing associations and they have
10 to 15 members on each of them and, in the main, those boards
discharge their obligations speedily and efficiently.
601. They have one interest really which is
the provision of housing, whereas if you had a Railtrack Mark
II which had some people who were interested in the track, some
people who were interested in franchises within the track, and
some people who were interested in other things, would it be easy
to get that formation?
(Mr Bell) I think you would be surprised to find how
many different forms of accommodation housing associations are
involved in the provision of and how many different interests
therefore a medium to-sized large housing association has to keep
602. Mr Bell, with the caveat that you have
already entered that the structure was correct, would you be prepared
to recommend that your own organisation should take an interest
in such a structure?
(Mr Bell) Yes.
Chairman: Thank you, gentlemen, you have been
very helpful. I apologise for keeping you.