Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People

Meeting: 
MQT on 2001-04-04
Session date: 
April 4, 2001
Reference: 
2001/0135
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is with regret that I understand you were contacted by the Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People regarding the failure to properly consult blind, deafblind and partially sighted people on the Draft Transport Strategy. Could you explain to the Assembly how this situation occurred, and give assurances that this will not be the case in future consultations? .

Answer

Answer for Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People

Answer for Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am totally committed to ensuring that all Londoners are able to be involved in consultation. The Joint Committee contacted me to express their concern that they had not received appropriate formats of the transport strategy to enable them to consult their members, and that there had been some delays in the processes. I greatly regret their difficulties, and I will ensure that the costs they incurred will be covered. In addition, to help them prepare a full response I have agreed that I will accept a late response from the Committee.

The lessons are that we must insist on very prompt service from companies that we use to send out documents and handle responses. This will be a key requirement in future consultation. I will also ensure there are discussions with organisations such as the Joint Committee to identify whether there are further steps we should take to help them to be involved effectively .