Written statement to Parliament

Future of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee will be retained to advise DfT on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.

The government’s review of non-departmental public bodies in 2010 recommended that the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) should be abolished as part of wider goals to improve efficiency, effectiveness, economy and accountability. Having considered the matter carefully and taken account of the consultation responses received, I am today (12 June 2013) announcing that I have decided not to proceed with abolition, but to retain DPTAC as the department’s expert advisory panel on accessibility issues relating to disabled people.

A public consultation was held between 11 June and 14 September 2012, on whether DPTAC should be abolished and, if so, on possible alternative arrangements. Following the consultation, I have concluded that abolition would not lead to any discernible improvement in economy and accountability.

However, I have also concluded that there is scope for restructuring DPTAC to ensure it is a more efficient and effective body. I am satisfied that the savings identified from such reforms would exceed earlier expectations. My officials will now work together with those from Cabinet Office on the restructuring of DPTAC. As DPTAC has the characteristics of a non-departmental body, it will continue to be subject to review every 3 years.

This announcement will end a considerable period of uncertainty for the existing members of DPTAC, and I hope will be welcomed by the majority of respondents to the consultation who were in favour of its retention.