How accountable is Metrix?

This story leads us to raise questions about the accountabilty of Metrix - who will they answer to and who will monitor their 'customers' and behaviour?

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Who will Metrix be offering services to? Who will decide that? Will it be the people of Wales or the people of the Vale of Glamorgan or will they even be consulted..?

Mike Hayle, chief executive of the Metrix consortium (1), 'Our aim is that by 2013 if you travelled anywhere in the world and talked about military training, people would say that St Athan was the only place to go. 'It will genuinely be on the world map. People will come from Australia, the Middle East and other parts of the world to train. No exceptions stated here.

What are the benefits to the MOD of transferring risk to the private sector? Facilities key to defence training The PPP Journal Issue 56 - Thursday, April 12, 2007
Derek Twigg MP, Under Secretary of State for Defence, talks to PSCA International's Matthew D'Arcy (2) about what lies ahead in bringing a new flexible approach to learning through the Defence Training Review. “Partnership with the private sector does give us flexibility, and this is the key point here, to decrease or increase student throughput. The partner will be able to generate third party income from spare capacity and also dispose of surplus capacity. It also allows for a very important part of the role for industry to bring private sector management expertise and the ability to include significant capital investment at this stage. It is really about delivering a modern and flexible learning environment that will be fit for our service personnel of the future.”
(1) http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/news/wales-news/tm_method=full&objectid=18626766&siteid=50082-name_page.html
(2) http://www.publicservice.co.uk/feature_story.asp?id=7606&topic=PFI%20and%20partnerships

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