Agenda and minutes
Annual Meeting, London Assembly (Plenary)
Thursday 2 May 2019 2.30 pm

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

Contact: Lorena Alcorta, Principal Committee Manager; Telephone: 020 7983 4425; Email:  [email protected]; Minicom: 020 7983 4458 

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly

At its meeting held on 10 May 2018, the London Assembly elected Tony Arbour AM and Jennette Arnold OBE AM to hold the offices of Chairman and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly respectively, until the next meeting of the Annual Meeting of the Assembly.

 

The Executive Director of Secretariat will preside over the election of the Chair of the London Assembly for the 2019/20 Assembly year. The elected Chair will then preside over the election of the Deputy Chair of the London Assembly.

 

Section 50 of the GLA Act 1999 (as amended) requires that there be offices for 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  Tony Arbour AM delivered an address regarding his term as the Chairman of the London Assembly. He noted that this would be his last Annual Meeting of the London Assembly as he was stepping down as an Assembly Member at the next GLA elections and referred to the camaraderie  ...  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  Apologies for absence were received from Shaun Bailey AM and Len Duvall AM.

 

2.2  The Chair addressed the Assembly and, further to the Chairman’s statement of condolence, sent love and support to those involved in the Sri Lanka atrocity. She also restated London’s solidarity with Paris as it recovered  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.

3.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The Assembly is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 3, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(b)   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

 

(c)   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 to note any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

Minutes:

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

3.2  Resolved:

 

That the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Item 3, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Assembly is recommended to confirm the minutes of the Confirmation Hearings Committee meeting held on 9 July 2018 and the London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting held on 21 March 2019, to be signed by the Chair as correct records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the Confirmation Hearings Committee meeting held on 9 July 2018 and the London Assembly (Mayor’s Question Time) meeting held on 21 March 2019 and the be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

5.

Establishment of Assembly Committees and Bodies 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, [email protected], 020 7983 4421

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

(a)  Consider and agree the committees it wishes to establish for the 2019/20 Assembly year, taking into account the various requirements and recommendations set out at section 4 of the report, and to agree terms of reference for those committees;

(b)  Consider whether, in accordance with the provisions of Section 17 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 explained at paragraphs 3.3 to 3.9 of the report, 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, if necessary (subject to the decision taken on recommendation (b)), 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 from the Executive Director of Secretariat set out at Appendix 1 as to the number and allocation between the political party Groups of seats both on an overall basis and, for each committee/body established, the overall size and constitution of each of the ordinary committees and other bodies established;

(d)  Reconfirm the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 5.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

5.2  A list of proposed Assembly committees and other bodies for establishment for the 2019/20 year, together with the proposed terms of reference, membership and nominations for Chair and Deputy Chair for each body, was formally tabled at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Appointment of Members to Committees pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, [email protected], 020 7983 4421

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

(a)  Appoint Members for the 2019/20 Assembly year to the ordinary committees and sub-committees established under Agenda Item 5; and

(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 and sub-committee.

Minutes:

6.1  The Assembly received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat in respect of the appointment of Members to committees and other bodies and the tabled paper (Appendix 1) setting out the proposed membership of each body.

 

6.2  Resolved:

 

  That it be agreed to appoint Members and substitute Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Election of Committee Chairs and Deputy Chairs

The Assembly is recommended to appoint Chairs and Deputy Chairs for the 2019/20 Assembly year from the Members appointed to committees under Agenda Item 6 to all committees/bodies established under Agenda Item 5.

 

[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.]

Minutes:

7.1  The Assembly received the tabled paper (Appendix 1) setting out the nominations for the Chair and Deputy Chair of each committee or other body which had been established.

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

  That it be agreed to appoint Chairs and Deputy Chairs to each of the committees/bodies established for the 2019/20  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Dates of Assembly and Committee meetings 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: David Pealing, [email protected], 020 7983 5525

 

The Assembly is recommended to, subject to decisions taken under Agenda Item 5 for this meeting, agree the timetable of the London Assembly and committee meetings for the 2019/20 year, as attached at Appendix 1 of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

That the timetable of London Assembly and Committee meetings for the 2019/20 Assembly year, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be confirmed.

9.

GLA Corporate Governance Documents pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Lorena Alcorta, [email protected], 020 7983 4425

 

The Assembly is recommended to:

(a)  Agree the Scheme of Delegation of Functions of the London Assembly, as set out at Appendix 1 to the report;

(b)  Note the current Mayoral Decision -Making in the Greater London Authority, as set out at Appendix 2 to the report;

(c)  Approve and adopt the amendments to the GLA’s Standing Orders, as set out at Appendix 3 to the report, to come into effect at the close of the meeting; and

(d)  Confirm the standing delegation of authority to the Executive Director of Secretariat to make minor and consequential changes, arising from relevant decisions of the London Assembly and/or its committees, to the Scheme of Delegation of Functions of the London Assembly and the Assembly’s Decision-Making Framework.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

9.2  The Chair confirmed that the Mayor had been consulted regarding the proposed changes to the Standing Orders of the Greater London Authority (GLA) set out in the report and had now replied to indicate that he was  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Armed Forces Community Covenant pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, [email protected]

 

The Assembly is recommended to delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with the Deputy Chairman and party Group Leaders, to sign the amended London Armed Forces Community Covenant restating the London Assembly’s commitment to the Covenant.

 

Minutes:

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

 

10.2  Resolved:

 

That authority be delegated to the Chair, in consultation with the Deputy Chairman and party Group Leaders, to sign the amended London Armed Forces Community Covenant, restating the London Assembly’s commitment to the Covenant.

11.

Reports of Assembly Members on the Work of Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 117 KB

Report of: Executive Director of Secretariat 

Contact: Lorena Alcorta, [email protected], 020 7983 4425

 

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

·  Heathrow Community Engagement Board – Dr Onkar Sahota AM;

·  London Sustainable Development Commission – Nicky Gavron AM; and

·  Centre for Public Scrutiny – Tony Arbour AM.

Minutes:

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

 

11.2  Resolved:

That the reports of Members appointed to outside bodies as indicated in the report be noted.

12.

Date of Next Meeting

Subject to decisions taken under Agenda Item 8 of the agenda, the next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly will be the Mayor’s Question Time meeting which will take place at 10.00am on 16 May 2019 in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

12.1  The next scheduled meeting of the London Assembly was the Mayor’s Question Time meeting which will take place at 10.00am on Thursday 16 May 2019 in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

12.2  The Assembly noted that there would be an extraordinary Meeting of the Assembly at 3.30pm to put questions  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

13.1  There were no items of urgent business.

14.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

14.1  The meeting closed at 3.16pm.