Transport Committee: Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 7 May 2009

Publication of Report


The Transport Committee has today published its Third Report of Session 2008-09, Appointment of the Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation.

On 29 April the Committee held a pre-appointment hearing with Anna Walker, the Government's preferred candidate for the Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation. Following the hearing, the Committee is satisfied that Mrs Walker has the professional competence and personal independence required for the post. The Committee encourages the Secretary of State for Transport to make the appointment.

During the pre-appointment hearing, Mrs Walker, previously Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission, acknowledged her lack of experience of the rail industry, and recognised the importance of having other members of the Board with extensive experience in the rail industry. Provided the Board as a whole has such experience, the Committee has concluded it could be a strength that Mrs Walker is not an industry insider. The Committee was persuaded that Mrs Walker's wide-ranging experience of regulation across other industries could bring significant added value and a fresh perspective to the rail sector.

The Committee wishes Mrs Walker every success in her new post.

Hard copies will be available in the Press Gallery from noon on Thursday 7 May.

The Report will be available on TSO's and the Committee's website shortly after the publication hour has passed (

The Report may be purchased from The Stationery Office (TSO) Ltd - Tel: 08457 023474.


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Mrs Louise Ellman (Chairman) (Liverpool Riverside), Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge), Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Mr John Leech (Manchester Withington), Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle), Mr Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin), Ms Angela C Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough), Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South), Mr Graham Stringer (Manchester Blackley), Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne), Sammy Wilson (East Antrim).

2. Transcripts of evidence sessions for the Committee's inquiries can be found on the Committee website at:

Media Enquiries:

Hannah Pearce, 020 7219 8430, email:

Committee Website:

Watch committees and parliamentary debates online:

Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills, research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on