Examination of Witnesses (Questions 280
TUESDAY 29 JUNE 1999
Lord Bassam of Brighton
280. or should they be separated out?
(Mr Taylor) I would not use the word
"additional". There may be reincarnation about to go
281. This is containable within their limits,
that is what I am saying.
(Mr Greenwood) We do have auditors now.
One could envisage certain types of auditors doing that sort of
job. Or there may be other people in the organisation who can
manage this part of a single system. Those are tensions of a kind
which exist now. There will be new ones but they will not be such
as to disturb the basic format or structure that we are proposing
for the management council.
282. May I ask you one question. A list of the
things you set out in your paper: implications for the role of
the chief executive. You have put forward various points for consideration.
There is one which, in a sense, describes a scenario I do not
recognise. That is, that the chief executive should be able to
attend any meetings of the council and should have access to all
documentation. If there is a need to know issues in relation to,
say, confidential information, the monitoring officer should arbitrate.
What horror do you envisage? In my experience the chief executive
is party and has access to everything, except perhaps party political
(Mr Krawiec) We say that should remain.
(Mr Greenwood) It could perhaps be a case related
to an individual chairman, an individual recipient of a service,
that kind of thing. We are just covering everything really.
283. You are not anticipating the mayor trying
to exclude you from certain meetings?
(Mr Greenwood) Indeed not.
(Mr Krawiec) If he wished to try he should not be
(Mr Taylor) We must be included.
284. Thank you very much indeed. Thank you for
(Mr Taylor) Thank you Chairman.