Examination of Witnesses (Questions 340-341)|
WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL 2003
340. Absolutely; this is the point made about
committees, they are as important for what they can do as much
as for what they do do, which is the deterrence effect of anticipating
that one might be called before them. So that will be the route
you would go down, and some element of statutory change though,
in terms of putting principles into statute?
(Dr Elphick) Would be seen to be helpful.
341. So I think what you are telling us therefore
is that these proposals you put forward would be desirable, they
would be an improvement, we may never achieve the ideal, because
you do have actually to achieve a balance between the different
principles that are involved, so it is going to be difficult?
(Dr Elphick) Yes. I do not think there is some silver
bullet here, but there is a variety of things, which together
Chairman: Fine; thank you very much. Those really
are all the questions, I think. We have covered all the ground
that we wished to, in terms of the paper you have put in to us,
and you pointed us in a number of very useful directions, and
we take the points you make. It is surprising perhaps that we
have witnesses from outside Parliament coming in and saying we
must set up a committee to do work, and Parliamentarians questioning
whether this will actually cope with the recommendations that
are being put to us. But the material you put to us has been extremely
helpful, you will have seen the way in which its comments ties
in with the earlier evidence, and also it does tie in with much
of the material that has been put in to us by other bodies. We
are extremely grateful to you for your paper and for being with
us this afternoon. Thank you very much indeed.