Agenda and minutes
Annual Meeting, London Assembly (Plenary)
Wednesday 4 May 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.

Election of Chair and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly

At its meeting held on 13 May 2010, the London Assembly elected Dee Doocey AM and Jennette Arnold AM to hold the offices of Chair and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly respectively, until the next Annual Meeting of the Assembly.

 

The Head of Paid Service will preside over the election of the Chair of the London Assembly for the 2011/12 Assembly Year. The elected Chair will then preside over the election of the Deputy Chair of the London Assembly.

 

Prior to the election of the Chair for the 2011/12 Assembly Year, the Chair will address the Assembly. After the election, any new Assembly Chair may address the Assembly.

 

Section 50 of the GLA Act 1999 (as amended) requires that there be offices of Chair and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly.  Section 51 requires that the Chair and Deputy Chair be elected at a meeting of the Assembly from among the elected Members of the Assembly.

Minutes:

1.1   Dee Doocey AM opened the meeting by placing on record the Assembly’s condolences to the family and friends of Sir Simon Milton, former Deputy (Policy and Planning) and Chief of Staff, on his recent death. She paid tribute to Sir Simon’s work at the City of Westminster and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.

2.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

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

Minutes:

2.1  No apologies for absence were received.

 

2.2  The Chair informed the Assembly that the Assembly’s Conservative Group had provided formal, statutory notice that James Cleverly AM was now Leader of the Group, Richard Tracey AM was now the Deputy Leader of the Group and Victoria Borwick AM was now  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

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 3;

 

(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:

3.1  Resolved:

 

(a)   That the relevant Assembly Members’ membership of Functional Bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in the tabled paper, be noted and recorded as personal interests; and

 

(b)   That gifts and hospitality received by Members, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register, be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

The Assembly is recommended to confirm the minutes of the following Assembly/Committee meetings to be signed by the Chair as correct records:

 

·  11 November 2010 - 2010 Elections in London Working Group;

·  16 March 2011 – London Assembly (Plenary);

·  16 March 2011 - Time for Action Panel; and

·  23 March 2011 - London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time).

 

[Note: The minutes of the 2010 Elections in London Working Group are submitted for consideration because that Working Group has now fulfilled its terms of reference and it is not proposed that it be re-established.  The minutes of the Time for Action Panel are submitted for consideration as the Panel’s next meeting has not yet been scheduled. All other outstanding committee minutes may be approved by the relevant re-established or successor body.]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the following meetings be agreed and signed by the Chair as correct records:

 

·  11 November 2010 - 2010 Elections in London Working Group;

·  16 March 2011 – London Assembly (Plenary);

·  16 March 2011 - Time for Action Panel; and

·  23 March 2011 - London  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Establishment of Assembly Committees and Bodies for 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Ed Williams, E-mail: ed.williams@london.gov.uk , tel 020 7983 4399

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)   Establish the bodies listed at paragraph 4.1 of the report as ordinary committees for the period until the next Annual Meeting of the Assembly in May 2012, and to approve the terms of reference of each those bodies, as set out at Appendix 1(a) to the report (which will be tabled);

 

(b)   Consider whether, in accordance with the provisions of Section 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, to unanimously agree to disapply the proportionality rules where committee membership is not politically proportional in respect of the overall membership of the Assembly;

 

(c)   Determine, in accordance with the rules on the political proportionality that apply to the allocation of seats on committees and having had regard to the guidance set out at paragraphs 3.2 – 3.10 of the report, the overall size and constitution of each of the committees and panels established;

 

(d)   Establish a Police and Crime Working Group with the terms of reference and composition set out at Appendix 1(b) to the report (which will be tabled), noting that, as a non-decision-making body,  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat. The Chair formally moved each of the recommendations set out in the report in turn.

 

5.2  Richard Barnbrook AM indicated that he would not support a proposal to disapply the proportionality requirements in the establishment of the Assembly’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Re-establishment of the GLA's Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat 

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

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)   Reconstitute, noting that this is a matter for joint decision with the Mayor and as currently required by law, the Authority’s Standards Committee on the same basis that it is currently constituted, namely with 5 Assembly Members (2 Conservative Assembly Members, 2 Labour Assembly Members and 1 Liberal Democrat Assembly Member), 6 Independent Members and the statutory Deputy Mayor, for the 2011-12 year or until the abolition of the current Standards regime, whichever is earlier;

 

(b)  Note the Standards Committee’s proposed terms of reference, as set out at Appendix 1(c) (which will be tabled); and

 

(c)   Note that, irrespective of the decision made in relation to recommendation 2.2 of the report set out at Item 5 of the agenda, political proportionality rules are not applied to this Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

6.2  Resolved:

 

(a)   That, noting that this was a matter for joint decision with the Mayor and as required by law, it be agreed to reconstitute the Authority’s Standards Committee on the same basis that it was currently  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Appointment of Members to Committees pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Ed Williams, e-mail: ed.williams@london.gov.uk , tel 020 7983 4399

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)   Appoint Members for the 2011/12 Assembly Year to the committees and panels established under Items 5 and 6;

 

(b)   Agree that all non-appointed Members of each political Group be appointed as substitute Member(s) for their relevant party Group Committee Members on each committee;

 

(c)   Agree to ratify the continuing membership of Diane Mark, Sir David Durie and Sam Younger as Standards Committee Independent Members and agree that the length of their current appointments be extended until April 2012 or the abolition of the current Standards regime, whichever is earlier, noting that this is a matter for joint decision with the Mayor; and

 

(d)   Ratify the continuing membership of Pradeep Agrawal, Lucy Dennett and Claer Lloyd-Jones (all currently appointed to serve until 2014) as Independent Members of the Standards Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat in respect of the appointment of Members to committees, panels and working groups.

 

7.2  The Assembly agreed to appoint the Members and substitute Members set out in the tabled paper (as set out in Appendices 1, 2  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Election of Committee Chairs and Deputy Chairs

The Assembly is recommended to appoint Chairs and Deputy Chairs for the 2011/12 Assembly Year from the Members appointed to Committees under Item 7 to all Committees/bodies established under Item 5.

 

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

 

[Note: Standing Order 8.1 states that the Assembly, when establishing a Committee, will decide the Chair and Deputy Chair of that Committee or whether the Committee is to appoint them itself.

 

The Assembly is not asked to appoint a Chair and Deputy Chair to the Standards Committee – in accordance with Standing Order 11.2F, the Standards Committee elects its own Chair and Deputy Chair.]

Minutes:

8.1  The Chair called for nominations to the offices of Chair and Deputy Chair for each of the committees/bodies established by the Assembly in turn (with the exception of the Authority’s Standards Committee). The outcome of the election for each of those offices is set out in Appendices 1 and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Dates of Assembly and Committee Meetings 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of Executive Director of Secretariat

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

 

That the Assembly confirms, subject to decisions taken under Items 5 and 6 of the agenda, the timetable of London Assembly and committee meetings for the 2011/12 year, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

9.2  It was noted that, in addition to the meetings set out in the proposed timetable, the Planning and Housing Committee had now agreed to hold a meeting at 3.30pm on 17 May 2011.

 

9.3  Resolved:

 

That, subject  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

London Assembly and Mayoral Schemes of Delegation pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Report of Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ed Williams, E-mail: ed.williams@london.gov.uktel: 020 7983 4399.

 

The Assembly is recommended, in accordance with Standing Order 1.4, to note the Scheme of Delegation of Functions of the London Assembly and the Scheme of Delegation of Mayoral Functions of the Greater London Authority, which form part of the Authority’s corporate governance framework.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

10.2  Resolved:

 

(a)   That the amended Scheme of Delegation of Functions of the London Assembly set out at Appendix 1 to the report be agreed; and

 

(b)  That the Scheme of Delegation of Mayoral Functions of the Greater  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Reports of Assembly Members on the Work of Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Report of Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, E-mail: rebecca.arnold@london.gov.uk Tel: 020 7983 4421.

 

The Assembly is asked to note the reports of the following Members appointed to the outside bodies indicated on the work of the bodies over the past year:

 

·  Advisory Board of the Centre for Public Scrutiny - Jennette Arnold AM

·  Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee - Murad Qureshi AM

·  London Health Commission - John Biggs AM; and

·  London Sustainable Development Commission – Mike Tuffrey AM.

Minutes:

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

 

11.2  John Biggs AM noted that the London Health Commission had now been abolished and suggested that the Assembly should consider whether it was adequately represented on the Health Commission’s successor body.

 

11.3  Resolved:

 

That the reports of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Appointment of the GLA's Monitoring Officer pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of Executive Director of Resources

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

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)   Approve (noting that it is a joint decision with Mayor) the appointment of Ed Williams, Head of Committee and Member Services, as the Authority’s Monitoring Officer further to an interview conducted by a panel of Assembly Members; and

 

(b)   Approve the terms and conditions for the appointment, as set out at paragraph 4.5 of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

12.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That, noting that it was a joint decision with Mayor and further to an interview conducted by a panel of Assembly Members, it be agreed to approve the appointment of Ed Williams, Head of Committee and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Action Taken by the Chair Under Delegated Authority pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat 

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

 

The Assembly is recommended to note recent action taken by the Chair of the Assembly under delegated authority.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

13.2  Resolved:

 

That the recent action taken by the Chair of the Assembly under delegated authority, namely to approve the Assembly’s response to the Mayor’s consultation on the Olympic Park Legacy Corporation and to approve a joint response  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting, which will be a Mayor’s Question Time meeting, will be held on Wednesday 18 May 2011 at 10.00am in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

[Note: The dates of all Assembly meetings in 2011/12 are included in the timetable of meetings presented under Item 9 on this agenda.]

Minutes:

14.1  It was noted that the next meeting of the London Assembly would be the Mayor’s Question Time meeting which would take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 18 May 2011 in the Chamber, City Hall.

15.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

Appointment process for the Interim Director of Housing and Regeneration

 

15.1  The Chair explained that, in accordance with section 100(B)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, she was admitting to the agenda an item in relation to the appointment process for the Interim Director of Housing and Regeneration,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

16.1  The meeting ended at 12.20pm

 

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