The Permanent Secretary said that the commencing date for an award, following a successful request to set aside an earlier decision of a PAT. Once the investigation is under way the member and caseworker will monitor its progress and intervene when necessary. The second major area of responsibility of the PCA is to make the discipline decisions on some 4,500 fully investigated cases each year. Despite the handful of members at the PCA and the inevitable time pressures, we have broken through the secrecy barrier and found time to communicate more effectively with bereaved families at least in the most serious cases.

That evidence had also been presented in full to the PAT, and their decision had been made on the basis of that evidence. In considering Mr Ks complaint I look first at the events between 1953 and 1955. It was not until January 1993 that Mr K had made WPA aware that there were grounds for reconsidering the earlier decision. Static Website Design At the same time, the name of the independent body will be changed and its powers strengthened.He accepted that they were experts, and he knew that their opinions carried more weight than his own.

When Mr K took up his case with the then Member in 1985 the then PUSS indicated. . Durban, South Africa, was the venue for the VIIth Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) which was hosted with considerable style and effectiveness by the Public Protector, Mr Selby Baqwa.

Over 350 delegates took part representing national and regional ombudsman offices, human rights commissions and similar organisations throughout the world. The highlight of the Conference was an address delivered by the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Nelson Mandela, to an enraptured audience. Sir Brian Elwood, Chief Ombudsman of New Zealand and President of the IOI, remarked of Dr Mandela that, had events been otherwise, he would have made a very fine ombudsman.