Examination of Witness (Questions 460
TUESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2001
460. Would you also like to consult with your
colleagues in the Health Department to see what the cost of modernisation
is in the National Health Service?
(Mr Raynsford) I will certainly do so.
461. Is it true that the Welsh Assembly and
Welsh Authorities are the going to abandon much of best value?
(Mr Raynsford) I had a useful meeting with the Welsh
Assembly members, and specifically the member responsible for
local government, just over a week ago who described the way they
were introducing a new arrangement in Wales which would, in their
view, have the same effect as best value via a different route.
462. Does that mean they are going to abandon
best value or they are not going to?
(Mr Raynsford) They are using their freedom as a devolved
body to approach this problem in a slightly different way. The
Assembly made clear their view that this was about achieving the
same objectives that we have.
463. I certainly hope so. Is it going to be
such a different system, is that because they do not think best
(Mr Raynsford) The impression I received was that
while there would be differences it would not be as fundamentally
different as some commentators have suggested.
464. But different?
(Mr Raynsford) As is appropriate in a devolved framework.
465. Minister, we now know that most of this
will be in the White Paper and that you will tell us in various
notes the answers to the questions that you do not know and that
you are quite convinced that the new scrutiny system for local
government will be effective and people will be able to have an
input at every level?
(Mr Raynsford) I am satisfied the new scrutiny system
for local government will help to improve local government efficiency
466. What would we do without the conditional
tense in the English language? Thank you for your attendance.
(Mr Raynsford) Thank you.