§ Mr. John Greenway
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if the latest annual report of the vehicle and component approvals divsion is to be published; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
The report for 1988–89 was published at the end of September. Copies are available in the Library.
The certification work carried out by VCA staff makes an important contribution to road safety through checks on vehicle and equipment design and quality standards. During the year covered by the report, the VCA handled an increased workload and managed to better its first unit cost target.
Further steps were also taken to move to a businesslike footing with adoption of new accounting methods and the preparation of the first business plan. These will help provide a firm financial structure for the proposed move to executive agency status next spring.