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CITB levy is not justified by results


Sir, The national press recently reported that Peter Lobban is paid £279,081 a year to run the Construction Industry Training Board, making him the highest-paid head of a quango in Britain.

But far more important than the size of the salary is the fact that this is funded by a compulsory levy on all but the smallest construction companies.

This is despite the fact that only the narrowest of majorities of contractors support the continued existence of CITB.

They will be far from happy to see their hard-earned money being used to pay such a large salary to Mr Lobban to preside over a vast and expensive bureaucracy.

What is worse, Peter Lobban and his minions at CITB seem to assume that they know better than the industry what is best for it as they decide how to hand back to the industry what is left after the generous salaries and other overheads have been paid.

This is quite clearly yet another example of the nanny state - but nanny does not know best, the market does.

It is the market that should be entrusted to make its own arrangements without interference from unnecessary quangos.

Tim Samuel Southampton Hampshire