Agenda and minutes
London Assembly (Plenary)
Wednesday 9 October 2013 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Joanna Brown / Teresa Young, Senior Committee Officers; Telephone: 020 7983 6559; E-mail:  joanna.brown@london.gov.uk /  teresa.young@london.gov.uk; Minicom: 020 7983 4458. 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chair.

Minutes:

1.1  Apologies were received from Caroline Pidgeon AM and Dr Onkar Sahota AM.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 82 KB

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(i)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(ii)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any disclosable pecuniary interests in specific items listed on the agenda and the necessary action taken by the Member(s) regarding withdrawal following such declaration(s); and

 

(iii)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any other interests deemed to be relevant (including any interests arising from gifts and hospitality received which are not at the time of the meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality, and noting also the advice from the GLA’s Monitoring Officer set out at Agenda Item 2) and any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

 

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved:

 

That the list of Assembly Members’ offices, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 142 KB

The Assembly is recommended to confirm the minutes of the London Assembly Extraordinary meeting held on 3 September 2013 and the London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting held on 11 September 2013, both to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the London Assembly Extraordinary meeting held on 3 September 2013 and the London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting held on 11 September 2013, both be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4.

Question and Answer Session pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Part A:

 

The Assembly will put questions to Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner, Transport for London and Boris Johnson, in his capacity as Chair of Transport for London, on the policies and work of Transport for London.

 

Part B:

 

Motion submitted in the name of the Chair:

 

“That the Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked.”

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Part A:

 

4.1  The Assembly put questions to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London in his capacity as Chairman of Transport for London (TfL), and Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Commissioner, Transport for London, on the work of TfL.

 

4.2  The record of the questions put by Assembly Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Future Plenary Meetings

London Assembly (Plenary) Meetings – 4 December 2013 and 15 January 2014

 

It is proposed that the Assembly uses the 4 December 2013 Plenary meeting principally to hold a Functional Body Question Time with the Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planningand the Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and the 15 January 2014 Plenary meeting principally to hold a question and answer session with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

 

Recommendation:

 

(a)  That the Assembly, under section 61 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, requires the attendance of Ron Dobson CBE QFSM (Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning), and James Cleverly AM (Chairman, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority) at the 4 December 2013 London Assembly (Plenary) meeting, for which notice will be given in accordance with section 62 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 in due course, to answer questions in relation to the policies and work of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

 

(b)  That the Assembly, under section 61 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, requires the attendance of the Mayor (in his capacity as Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation) and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

Minutes:

5.1  Resolved:

 

(a)  That under section 61 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999,  James Cleverly AM (Chairman, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority) and Ron Dobson CBE QFSM (Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning) be summoned to attend the 4 December 2013 London Assembly (Plenary) meeting, for which notice  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Mayoral Commitments pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: David Pealing, david.pealing@london.gov.uk, telephone: 020 7983 5525

 

The Assembly is recommended to note commitments made by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, during London Assembly Mayor’s Question Time meetings held between May 2012 and September 2013.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

6.2  Resolved:

 

That the commitments made by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, during London Assembly Mayor’s Question Time meetings held between May 2012 and September 2013 be noted.

7.

Action Taken Under Delegated Authority pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Joanna Brown, joanna.brown@london.gov.uk and Teresa Young, teresa.young@london.gov.uk, both tel: 020 7983 6559

 

The Assembly is recommended to note:

 

(a)  The recent action taken by the Chair of the Assembly, Darren Johnson AM, in accordance with the authority delegated to him, namely to agree that the attached joint letter with the Mayor of London regarding airport capacity in London be sent to all MPs in London (Appendix 1 to the report); and

 

(b)  The responses from Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury (attached at Appendix 2 to the report) and Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, Transport for London (TfL) (attached at Appendix 3 to the report) regarding TfL and the recent Government spending round.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the recent action taken by the Chair of the Assembly, Darren Johnson AM, in accordance with the authority delegated to him, namely to agree a joint letter with the Mayor of London regarding airport  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Pay 2013/14 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat and Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Contact: Juliette Carter, (juliette.carter@london.gov.uk), tel 020 7983 4194.

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)  Confirm (noting that it is a joint decision with Mayor) that the consolidated pay award (1%) made to GLA staff should be made to the Statutory Officers (the Head of Paid Service, the Executive Director of Resources as Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer); and

 

(b)  Note, that, in accordance with the previous recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) and as agreed by the Mayor and Assembly in 2009, the application of local government pay settlement of 1% to the pay of Assembly Members and the Mayor, will be reflected in an updated statutory pay notice.

Minutes:

8.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat and the Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That (noting that it is a joint decision with Mayor) the consolidated pay award (1%) made to GLA staff be made to the Statutory Officers  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Appointment made by the Mayor under Section 67(1) (b) of the GLA Act pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: and Joanna Brown joanna.brown@london.gov.uk; and Teresa Young teresa.young@london.gov.uk, both tel 020 7983 6559.

 

The Assembly is recommended to note the change to the job description and terms of employment, made by the Mayor under Section 67(1) (b) of the GLA Act 1999 (as amended), of Matthew Pencharz as Senior Adviser, Environment and Energy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

9.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the change to the job description and terms of employment, made by the Mayor under Section 67(1) (b) of the GLA Act 1999 (as amended), of Matthew Pencharz as Senior Adviser, Environment and Energy, be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Petitions Update pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: and Joanna Brown joanna.brown@london.gov.uk; and Teresa Young teresa.young@london.gov.uk, both tel 020 7983 6559.

 

The Assembly is recommended to note the responses received to petitions presented at a recent Assembly meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

10.2   Resolved:

 

That the responses received to petitions presented at a recent Assembly meeting be noted.

11.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Joanna Brown and Teresa young, joanna.brown@london.gov.uk and teresa.young@london.gov.uk; both tel: 020 7983 6559.

 

The Assembly is recommended to note the petitions listed in the report and to decide whether to refer the petitions, and if so where to, and to seek a response to the points raised.

Minutes:

11.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

11.2  Tony Arbour AM presented a petition with the following prayer:

 

“We the undersigned, consider the present arrangements are both unsatisfactory and inconvenient for bus passengers, and call upon the Mayor and Transport for London to reinstate the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Motions pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Joanna Brown, Joanna.brown@london.gov.uk, and Teresa Young, teresa.young@london.gov.uk, both tel: 020 7983 6559.

 

The Assembly is asked to consider the motions submitted by Assembly Members.

Minutes:

12.1  Stephen Knight AM moved and Tom Copley AM seconded the following motion:

 

“This Assembly notes:

 

i)  That overseas investment continues to dominate London’s property market, with over 60 percent of new build homes in central London now being sold to overseas purchasers1;

 

ii)  That across London approximately a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly will be the Mayor’s Question Time meeting which will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 October in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

13.1  The next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly was the Mayor’s Question Time meeting due to take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 October 2013 in the Chamber, City Hall.

14.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

14.1  In accordance with section 100(B)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chair agreed to accept a report on Amphibious Vessels on the Thames as an item of urgent business in order to allow its consideration at the earliest possible opportunity.

14a

Amphibious Passenger Vessels on the Thames pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of Andrew Boff AM

Contact: Robert Rams, robert.rams@london.gov.uk, 020 7983 4355

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

(a)  Establish a time-limited ad hoc committee, to be known as the Thames Passenger Boats Investigation Committee, to identify any  lessons to be learned from the response to the incident involving an amphibious passenger vessel on the Thames on 29 September 2013, as an ordinary Committee of the Assembly comprising four Members, one Member from each group represented on the Assembly, the Committee being disestablished automatically following publication of its report, with any follow-up activity being referred to the GLA Oversight Committee for consideration; and

(b)  Approve the Committee’s terms of reference as follows:

To review and report to the Mayor and relevant functional bodies on lessons to be learned from the response to the incident involving an amphibious passenger vessel on the Thames on 29 September 2013 including:

·  The response by emergency and other rescue services to the incident;

·  The operation of amphibious passenger vessels on the Thames; and

·  The regulation of companies operating such craft commercially on the Thames.

 

(c)  Agree that the Committee should make any proposals to the Mayor, London Local Resilience Forum, London Fire and Emergency  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14a

Minutes:

14.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That a time-limited ad hoc committee, to be known as the Thames Passenger Boats Investigation Committee, to identify any lessons to be learned from the response to the incident involving an amphibious passenger vessel on the Thames on 29 September 2013, be established as an ordinary Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14a

15.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

15.1  The meeting ended at 1.43pm.

 

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