Agenda and minutes
London Assembly (Mayor's Question Time)
Wednesday 23 February 2011 10.00 am

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

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  There were no apologies for absence.

 

1.2  The Chair explained that, following consultation regarding the order of business for this meeting, the first item of substantive business at this meeting would be, as set out on the agenda, the consideration of the Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12.

 

1.3  During the  ...  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 in Item 2 on the agenda, be noted and recorded as personal interests;

 

(b)   That the Chair’s declaration of a personal interest in Item 4 (Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12), arising  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 145 KB

The Assembly is recommended to confirm the minutes of the London Assembly meetings held on 19 January 2011 (Plenary) and 26 January 2011 (Mayor’s Question Time) to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1  Andrew Boff AM raised a concern in relation to statements made by the Chair at the Assembly Plenary meeting on 19 January 2011.

 

3.2  The Chair acknowledged that she may have inadvertently given the impression that she had not received an e-mail in relation to a motion which had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12

4a

Report of the Mayor pdf icon PDF 68 KB

(Circulated separately)

 

The Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12 has been circulated for the Assembly’s consideration.

 

The Mayor will present the Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1  The Assembly received the Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget for 2011/12.

 

4.2  The Mayor made an oral statement in support of his budget proposals. A copy of the Mayor’s statement is attached as Appendix 1.

4b

Questions to the Mayor pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Assembly Members will put questions to the Mayor on the six sections of the Final Draft Consolidated Budget document.

Minutes:

4.3  Assembly Members put questions to the Mayor on his Draft Consolidated Budget proposals.  The record of the questions put by Members and the Mayor’s answers is attached as Appendix 2.

 

4.4  Martin Clarke, Executive Director of Resources, was also in attendance for this item.

 

4.5  During the course  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4b

4c

Consideration by the Assembly of the Mayor of London's Final Draft Consolidated Budget proposals 2011/12 pdf icon PDF 216 KB

The Assembly is under a duty to consider the Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget and to approve it, with or without amendment, in accordance with paragraphs 8(3) and (7) of Schedule 6 of the GLA Act 1999 (as amended).

 

In accordance with Standing Order 6.8 the following substantive motion will be before the Assembly:

 

“To approve the Final Draft Budget for 2011/12 with or without amendment.”

 

[Note: In accordance with GLA Standing Order 6.12 B, the motion set out above shall be considered without being proposed or seconded by a Member. The motion may be amended by a Budget Amendment, in accordance with the procedures described in Standing Orders 6.10, 6.12 and 6.16. The Assembly will consider amendments to the Final Draft Consolidated Budget, and budget-related motions (if any).

 

If a Budget Amendment is carried by the requisite majority (amendments to the Final Draft Budget require a two-thirds majority of Members present to vote in favour) then the Substantive Motion shall fall and the Final Draft Consolidated Budget shall be deemed agreed as amended.

 

If no amendment is agreed, or if the Substantive Motion is not passed (whether put to the vote or not) then the Assembly is deemed by  ...  view the full agenda text for item 4c

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.6  The Assembly turned to debate of the Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2011/12.

 

4.7  The Chair, noting the undertaking given by John Biggs AM to abide by the rules of debate, moved, ”That John Biggs AM be heard”. Upon being put to the vote, this was agreed (13 votes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4c

5.

Mayor's Report pdf icon PDF 320 KB

The Assembly is recommended to note the Mayor’s Report covering the period from 13 January 2011 to 9 February 2011.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  Resolved:

 

That the Mayor’s Report for the period from 13 January 2011 – 9 February 2011 be noted.

6.

Questions to the Mayor pdf icon PDF 294 KB

(To be circulated separately)

 

The Assembly is recommended to note that written answers will be provided to all questions submitted to this meeting under the Mayor’s Question Time procedure, by Monday 28 February 2011.

 

[Note: The Assembly agreed, at its (Plenary) meeting on 19 January 2011, to accept written answers to all questions submitted to this meeting under the Mayor’s Question Time procedure, in order to devote time to discussion of the Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget under Item 4.]

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Resolved:

 

That it be noted that written answers will be provided by Monday 28 February 2011 to all questions submitted to this meeting under the Mayor’s Question Time procedure.

 

6.2  The written answers subsequently provided by the Mayor are attached at Appendix 7.

7.

Review of Post of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Resources and Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Martin Clarke, Executive Director of Resources, telephone: 020 7983 4959, martin.clarke@london.gov.uk; and Mark Roberts, Executive Director of Secretariat, telephone: 020 7983 4428, mark.roberts@london.gov.uk

 

Recommendations

 

(a)   That the Assembly, noting that this is a joint decision to be formally taken with the Mayor, agrees, following a review into the roles and functions currently undertaken by the Chief Executive and formal consultation with the Chief Executive and affected staff, to delete the post of Chief Executive.

 

(b)   That the Assembly, noting that this is a joint decision with the Mayor,  agrees the appointment process set out in paragraphs 4.2 and 4.3 of the report for the Head of Paid Service and Greater London Returning Officer roles and functions which must continue if the Chief Executive’s post is approved for deletion. 

 

(c)   That the Assembly, noting it is a joint decision with Mayor, approves the interim appointments for the Head of Paid Service and Greater London Returning Officer, if the Chief Executive post is approved for deletion and whilst the appointment process is undertaken. It is proposed that Martin Clarke, Executive Director of Resources, is appointed as interim Head of Paid  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Chair explained that this report had been marked ‘to follow’ on the agenda for the meeting and had been circulated under a Supplementary Agenda for this meeting.

 

7.2  The Chair had agreed to accept this late report in order to allow its consideration at the earliest opportunity.

 

7.3  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly will be the Plenary meeting which will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 16 March 2011 in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

This meeting will be used principally to put questions to the Chair and Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

Minutes:

8.1  It was noted that the next meeting of the London Assembly (Plenary) would be held on Wednesday 16 March 2011 at 10.00am in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

8.2  This meeting would be used to put questions to the Chair and Chief Executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

 

8.3  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

9.1  There was no other urgent business requiring consideration.

10.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

10.1  The meeting closed at 12.39pm.

 

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