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Planning, (London)

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what organisation he has established in his Department to deal with the strategic planning of London's transport; what is its name; what is its staffing; and at what ranks and grades.

Work on the strategic planning of London's transport is undertaken by a number of directorates within the Department, in particular highways, railways, public transport. The heads of these directorates, and colleagues from the Department of the Environment's London regional office, meet regularly to discuss London's transport problems and to co-ordinate action. In this they are supported by a secretariat from the transport policy unit. The unit is headed by a grade 5 and is at present made up of four grade 7s, a senior economic assistant and a personal secretary.