Agenda and minutes
Environment Committee
Thursday 27 June 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Room 5, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Clare Bryant, Committee Officer; telephone: 020 7983 4616; email:  [email protected]; 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 from Jennette Arnold OBE AM and Nicky Gavron.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, 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:

2.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

2.2  Resolved:

 

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

3.

Standing Delegation

The Committee is recommended to note the following standing delegation of authority to the Chair of the Committee, which was agreed by the London Assembly at its Plenary Meeting on 6 June 2019:

 

To delegate authority to Chairs of ordinary committees, sub-committees and working groups to agree, in consultation with the relevant party Group Lead Members and Deputy Chairs:

(a)  The detailed terms of reference for any investigation to be undertaken by the relevant committee, sub-committee or working group within its work programme as agreed by the GLA Oversight Committee, and any related project plans and arrangements for related site visits or informal meetings; and

(b)  The topic and scope for any additional projects to be added to its work programme, where it is not practicable to secure prior approval from the GLA Oversight Committee and subject also to subsequent ratification by the GLA Oversight Committee.

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

  That the following standing delegation to the Chair, as agreed by the London Assembly at its Plenary Meeting on 6 June 2019, be noted.

 

To delegate authority to Chairs of ordinary committees, sub-committees and working groups to agree, in consultation with the relevant party Group Lead Members and Deputy Chairs: 

(a)  The detailed terms of reference for any investigation to be undertaken by the relevant committee, sub-committee or working group within its work programme as agreed by the GLA Oversight Committee, and any related project plans and arrangements for related site visits or informal meetings; and

(b)  The topic and scope for any additional projects to be added to its work programme, where it is not practicable to secure prior approval from the GLA Oversight Committee and subject also to subsequent ratification by the GLA Oversight Committee.

 

4.

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The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 22 May 2019 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 May 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

5.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

The Committee is recommended to note the outstanding actions arising from its previous meetings.

Minutes:

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

 

5.2  Resolved:

 

That the outstanding actions arising from its previous meetings of the Committee be noted.

6.

Tube Dust pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Daniella Dávila Aquije, [email protected]; 020 7984 7084

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note report as background to putting questions to invited guests on Tube dust and notes the subsequent discussion.

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree any output arising from the discussion.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions on Tube dust to the following invited guests:

·  Peter McNaught, Director of Asset Operations, Transport for London (TfL);

·  Rikard Moen, Head of Occupational Health, TfL;

·  Professor Jenny Mindell, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health; and

·  Cat Cray,National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Stations Health and Safety Council Member.

 

5.2  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 1.

5.3  During the course of the discussion, Members requested the following additional information:

·  From the Director of Asset Operations, TfL, a list of the 42 dirtiest Tube stations;

·  From the Head of Occupational Health, TfL:

a)  The report and results commissioned by TfL with King’s College and Imperial College which look at sickness of TfL employees;

b)  Details of how frequently TfL measure and monitor Tube dust levels and their composition and concentration; and

·  From the RMT Stations Health and Safety Council Member the details of the correspondence between RMT and TfL between 2003 to 2016 regarding health and safety concerns relating to air quality.

 

5.4  Resolved:

(a)  That the report and discussion be noted; and

(b)  That authority be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Environment Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Daniella Dávila Aquije, [email protected]; 020 7984 7084

 

The Committee is recommended to agree its work programme for the beginning of the 2019/20 Assembly year, as set out in paragraphs 4.2 to 4.4.

Minutes:

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

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

That the work programme be noted.

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 24 July 2019 at 10.00am in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

8.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at 10.00am in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

9.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

9.1  There were no items of business that the Chair considered to be urgent.

10.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

10.1  The meeting ended at 12.09pm.