Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 600 - 602)

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2001

MR STEPHEN GRANT, MR TONY GRAYLING, MR ADRIAN BELL AND MR HUGO PARKER

Andrew Bennett

  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 happy.

Chairman

  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.





 
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