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Paper 16th September 2003 - TTSAC(03)9

TTSAC ( 03 ) 9 - THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE

1. The Secretary of the ScotStat Board wrote to the Chairs of each Committee on 1st August. Her letter included the following paragraph:

Committee membership

The Board commented that a number of Committees did not have academic representation. Each Committee is therefore asked to review their membership, with reference to the ScotStat framework paper (available on the ScotStat website) and to produce a short note for the Board, reporting on the outcome of this review.

2. The "ScotStat framework paper" was among the papers sent to those who were invited to be members of the Committee (Duncan Gray's letter of 2 July 2001). For those who do not have it, it is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/scotstat_framework.pdf

3. The relevant parts of that paper are paragraphs 6.2.3 and 6.2.4:

6.2.3 Membership could include representatives from:

  • Data suppliers
  • 'Umbrella' organisations e.g. COSLA, CBI, Audit Scotland
  • External experts e.g. from academia
  • Relevant Government Departments including statisticians, researchers and policy specialists
  • Other interest groups e.g. private and voluntary bodies, trade unions
  • SPICe

6.2.4 Members would generally be appointed to represent a wide community, rather than just their own interests and as such will be expected to consult as appropriate.

4. The membership of this Committee is given in a separate document. It appears to include representatives of each of the above categories - for example:

  • Data suppliers - members of the Freight Transport Association and the Confederation of Passenger Transport are suppliers of data in DfT surveys;
  • 'Umbrella' organisations e.g. COSLA, CBI, Audit Scotland - COSLA, Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) ;
  • External experts e.g. from academia - four members are from universities, and there are also a number of transport consultants ;
  • Relevant Government Departments including statisticians, researchers and policy specialists - DfT, Strategic Rail Authority ;
  • Other interest groups e.g. private and voluntary bodies, trade unions - e.g. Transport Statistics Users Group, Scottish Transport Studies Group ;
  • SPICe - SPICe .

It is appreciated that some members could be counted under more than one category.

5. Members of the Committee are invited to review its membership in the light of the above, say if they feel that there are any "gaps", and suggest who might fill them. In the light of the views expressed at the meeting, the Chairman will produce a short note for the ScotStat Board, and (if appropriate) seek volunteers to fill any "gaps" in the Committee.