Questions Raised by Mayor's Response to MQT about IA 17 780 and 23 May Transport for London Board meeting

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1969
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your response to Question 2018/1358 only raises more questions than answers.

a) You allege that Transport for London (TfL) only "discovered" it had not sent IA 17 780 to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, SNC-Lavalin, Office of Rail and Road, British Transport Police and the Coroner after the question was raised at the 22 January SSHR Meeting.  A review of the 22 January 2018 meeting minutes does not capture the event you cite, so please provide me with all documentary evidence TfL might possess to confirm your statement.  

b) Seeing that over 3 working weeks transpired between 22 January and 12 February (when you indicate IA 17 780 was disclosed), what explains the three-week gap before meaningful action was taken?

c) At the 23 May TfL Board Meeting, the Chair of the Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources (SSHR) Panel states that he asked TfL Bosses 3 times whether or not they had disclosed the document.  Will you clarify with the SSHR Chair the exact dates to which he's referring and if 22 January 2018 is indeed one of them, and provide me with an update?

Answer

Answer for Questions Raised by Mayor's Response to MQT about IA 17 780 and 23 May Transport for London Board meeting

Answer for Questions Raised by Mayor's Response to MQT about IA 17 780 and 23 May Transport for London Board meeting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(a) The exchange in question is not recorded in the minutes of the 22 January 2018 Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources (SSHR) Panel meeting. As stated in the response to Mayor’s Question 2018/1358 , Transport for London (TfL) discovered afterwards that the report had not been sent.

(b) As part of following up the actions from the 22 January 2018 SSHR Panel, checks were made whether the report had been sent to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), British Transport Police (BTP) and Office of Rail and Road (ORR).  It was discovered that the report had not been sent, and so it was sent to the RAIB, BTP and ORR on 12 February 2018. None of the bodies to which it was sent have raised any concerns with TfL about the time which passed between completion of the report and their receipt of it. TfL does not expect the report to result in any material change to the findings or recommendations in the RAIB report.

(c) I understand that the Chair of the SSHR Panel asked for the audit report to be sent at the 28/9/17 and 22/11/17 SSHR Panel meetings and requested confirmation that it had been sent at the 22/1/18 SSHR Panel meeting.

As I explained in my response to Mayor’s Question 2018/1312, TfL has strengthened its procedures to ensure more robust checks are undertaken on whether any internal reports could be of interest to external investigating bodies.