HL Deb 10 November 1999 vol 606 cc164-5WA
Lord Bradshaw

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What criteria are adopted in filling vacancies for lay membership of the Transport Tribunal to ensure a balance between the public interest and the interests of providers of transport. [HL4450]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (Lord Whitty)

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Guidance was followed in identifying suitable candidates for lay membership of the Transport Tribunal earlier this year. Advertisements were placed in the press inviting expressions of interest in these appointments. In filling vacancies we were looking for experience in the transport sector and at a senior level in management and administration. In addition, in deciding on the balance between re-appointments and new appointments, we sought to ensure that there was a range of experience and skills amongst the lay members of the tribunal.