asked the Minister of Transport for what reason she has determined the membership of the Transport Users' Consultative Committee for the West Midland area of the Mayor of Kidderminster, Councillor Charles E. Talbot; what other changes she has made in the membership of that body, and for what reasons; and what consideration she gave to the respective political associations of the persons so respectively appointed and dismissed.
Councillor Talbot was a member of the previous Committee whose term of office expired in January. His name did not appear in the range of names suggested for my right hon. Friend's consideration in appointing the new Committee by the bodies she consulted in accordance with section 56 of the Transport Act 1962.In the light of their advice she appointed eight persons to the new Committee who were not members of the previous one, and reappointed fourteen, including the Chairman. She gave no consideration to their political associations: her aim in selecting members is to reflect as wide a range as possible of user interests.