Agenda and minutes
London Assembly (Plenary)
Wednesday 9 November 2011 10.00 am

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

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, Committee Services Manager; Telephone: 020 7983 4421; E-mail:  rebecca.arnold@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 for absence were received on behalf of Richard Barnbrook AM, Richard Barnes AM and Kit Malthouse AM.

 

1.2  The Chair explained that the business listed at Items 5-13 of the agenda, together with the petitions listed at paragraphs 4.2 and 4.3 of Item 4 and the motions listed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 65 KB

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of memberships of functional bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in the table at Item 2;

 

(b)  Note gifts and hospitality received by Members, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register; and

 

(c)  Declare any other personal or personal prejudicial interests in specific items listed on the agenda over and above those items listed in the table above and including any interests arising from gifts or hospitality received within the previous three years or from the date of election to the London Assembly, whichever is the later, which are not at the time of this meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality.

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved:

 

(a)   That the relevant Assembly Members’ membership of Functional Bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out at Item 2 of the agenda, be noted and recorded as personal interests;

 

(b)   That gifts and hospitality received by Members, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Assembly is recommended to confirm the minutes of the London Assembly meetings held on 12 October 2011 (Mayor’s Question Time) and 19 October 2011 (Plenary) to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 3.1  Several Members expressed concern at the proposal to include a footnote in the transcript of the 12 October 2011 London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting to reflect a representation received from an external organisation in relation to comments made at that meeting by an Assembly Member.

 

3.2  It was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, rebecca.arnold@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4421

 

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:

4.1  Jennette Arnold AM presented a petition with the following prayer: 

 

"Price rises of up to 18 per cent for gas and electric will seriously impact on pensioners and vulnerable residents of Islington and London, pushing many deeper into fuel poverty at the same time as the future of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Petitions Update pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, rebecca.arnold@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4421

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

5.2  Resolved:

 

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

6.

Request for use of Section 60 (1) Powers - Economy, Culture and Sport Committee pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: John Barry, john.barry@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4425

 

The Assembly is recommended to agree to the request of the Economy, Culture and Sport Committee to use its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to recommendations 2, 3 and 8 of the Committee’s report, Review into the employment and skills opportunities of the 2012 Games-time period and to all of the recommendations in the Committee’s report The administration of Visit London.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

6.2  Resolved:

 

That the request of the Economy, Culture and Sport Committee that the Assembly uses its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to recommendations 2, 3  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Request for use of Section 60 (1) Powers - Transport Committee pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: John Barry, john.barry@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4425

 

That the Assembly agrees to the request of the Transport Committee to use its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to recommendations 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Committee’s report, The State of the Underground.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

That the request of the Transport Committee that the Assembly uses its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to recommendations 1, 2, 3 and 4  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Request for use of Section 60 (1) Powers - Environment Committee pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Dale Langford, dale.langford@london.gov.uk  tel: 020 7983 4415

 

That the Assembly agrees to the request of the Environment Committee to use its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to the recommendations addressed to him in the Committee’s report, For a rainy day – the Mayor’s role in managing London’s flood risk in case of severe rainfall.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

That the request of the Environment Committee that the Assembly uses its powers under Section 60 (1) of the Greater London Authority Act to request that the Mayor responds to the recommendations addressed to him in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Pay Award 2011/12 for Statutory Officers pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Report of: Head of Paid Service

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

 

The Assembly (noting that it is a joint decision with Mayor) is recommended to agree the Head of Paid Service’s proposal to not pay a pay award to statutory officers for the 2011/12 year.

Minutes:

9.1  The Assembly received the report of the Head of Paid Service.

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the Head of Paid Service’s proposal to not pay a pay award to statutory officers for the 2011/12 year be agreed, noting that this matter is for joint decision with Mayor.

10.

Revised Adoption and Paternity Policies pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Report of: Head of Paid Service

Contact: Viv Kemsley, viv.kemsley@london.gov.uk, tel: 020 7983 4169

 

The Assembly is recommended, upon the Head of Paid Service agreeing to the proposed revisions to the GLA’s adoption and paternity policies, to agree that the proposed changes, as set out at Appendices 1 and 2 to the report, should apply to the Authority’s three statutory officers (noting that this is a joint decision with the Mayor).

Minutes:

10.1  The Assembly received the report of the Head of Paid Service.

 

10.2  Resolved:

 

That it be agreed, upon the Head of Paid Service agreeing to the proposed revisions to the GLA’s adoption and paternity policies, that the proposed changes, as set out.

11.

Mayoral Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of: Executive Director of resources 

Contact: Tom Middleton, tom.middleton@london.gov.uk, tel: 020 7983 4257

 

The Assembly is recommended to note the updated Scheme of Delegation of Mayoral Functions of the Greater London Authority, which forms part of the Authority’s corporate governance framework.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

11.2  Resolved:

 

That the updated Scheme of Delegationof Mayoral Functions of the Greater London Authority, which forms part of the Authority’s corporate governance framework, be noted.

12.

Future Meetings of the Assembly

London Assembly (Plenary) Meeting – 7 December 2011

 

It is proposed that the Assembly uses the 7 December 2011 Plenary meeting to conduct as question and answer session with the Metropolitan Police Authority and Metropolitan Police Service.

 

Recommendations:

 

(a)   That it be agreed to use the 7 December 2011 London Assembly (Plenary) meeting to hold a question and answer session with the Metropolitan Police Authority and Metropolitan Police Service; and

 

(b)   That it be agreed, under section 61 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, to require the attendance of Kit Malthouse AM (Chair, Metropolitan Police Authority) at the 7 December 2011 Plenary Assembly 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 Metropolitan Police Authority;

 

(c)   That it be agreed to invite Bernard Hogan-Howe (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis) to attend the 7 December 2011 Plenary Assembly meeting to answer questions in relation to the Metropolitan Police Service.

Minutes:

12.1  Resolved:

 

(a)   That the 7 December 2011 London Assembly (Plenary) meeting be used to hold a question and answer session with the Metropolitan Police Authority and Metropolitan Police Service;

 

(b)   That it be agreed, under section 61 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999, to require the attendance of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Mayor's Commitments pdf icon PDF 762 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, rebecca.arnold@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4421

 

The Assembly is recommended to note the commitments made by the Mayor during London Assembly Mayor’s Question Time meetings held between May 2008 and September 2011.

Minutes:

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

 

13.2  Resolved:

 

That the commitments made by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, during London Assembly Mayor’s Question Time meetings held between May 2008 and September 2011, be noted.

14.

Transport for London: Functional Body Question Time pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Part A:

 

The Assembly will put questions to the Mayor, Boris Johnson, in his capacity as Chairman of Transport for London, and Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London, on the work and priorities of Transport for London.

 

(The questions to be put to the Chairman and Commissioner of Transport for London at the meeting, together with those for written answer following the meeting, will be circulated separately.)

 

Part B:

 

The Assembly will debate the following motion submitted in the name of the Chair:

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

14.1  The Assembly put questions to Boris Johnson, in his capacity as Chair, Transport for London (TfL), and Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London, on the work and priorities of Transport for London.

 

14.2  The record of the questions put by Members and the answers given is attached  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Motions pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, rebecca.arnold@london.gov.uk tel: 020 7983 4421

 

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

Minutes:

15.1  Darren Johnson AM moved and Murad Qureshi AM seconded the following motion:

 

“The Assembly notes with concern that:

 

·  London’s air has the highest average concentration of harmful nitrogen dioxide of any European capital city;

·  The Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy relies on government delivering specific measures and funding to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

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 16 November 2011 in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

16.1   It was noted that the next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly would be the Mayor’s Question Time meeting which would take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 16 November 2011 in the Chamber, City Hall.

17.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

17a

Urgent Motion

“This Assembly condemns those demonstrating outside St Paul's Cathedral and recognises the damage to the reputation of London by the continued presence of the protestors camp at the heart of the City. This Assembly recognises the danger that the encampment poses to the successful operation of the Remembrance Service, the Lord Mayor's Show and the Olympic Games, and that action needs to be taken urgently to prevent further disruption to events.

 

This Assembly urges the Chapter of St Paul's and the City Corporation to use all legal means to evict the protestors.”

 

Proposer: James Cleverly AM

Seconder: Richard Tracey AM

Minutes:

 17.1  An urgent motion had been circulated under cover of a Supplementary Agenda for the meeting. The Chair had agreed, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100(B)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended), to admit the motion to the agenda for the meeting as an item of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17a

18.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

18.1  The meeting closed at 1.56pm.

 

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