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Mr James Towler

Volume 113: debated on Monday 30 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why Mr. James Towler was not reappointed to the chair of the North East Transport Users Consultative Committee; and if he will make a statement.

It is my Department's policy to maintain a steady turnover of appointments in the nationalized industry consumer councils in order to widen the opportunities for interested individuals to make a contribution. Appointments are for a single fixed term, although people are often offered further terms. Mr. Towler has served for longer than most. He has served on the committees for nearly 14 years and is about to complete this third term as chairman. My noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has made clear to Mr. Towler the Government's gratitude for all he has done on behalf of rail users in the region.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will appoint Mr. James Towler as an independent member of the central Transport Users Consultative Committee.