Boris Johnson

Foreign Secretary to answer Assembly questions on the Garden Bridge

16 January 2018

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson MP, will appear before the London Assembly, after being summonsed to answer questions on the procurement of the Garden Bridge.

In line with the Assembly’s statutory scrutiny role and following its ongoing interest in the Garden Bridge project, the GLA Oversight Committee will reissue [1] a summons notice requesting The Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP, in his capacity as the former Mayor of London, attend the GLA Oversight Committee meeting on Thursday, 1 March 2018 at 2pm. [2]


Len Duvall AM, Chair of the GLA Oversight Committee said:

“I’m very glad the Foreign Secretary has responded positively to our summons. The former Mayor did not participate in the Hodge review of the Garden Bridge Project and we believe only part of the story was told, when he appeared before us in December 2015.  Dame Margaret did not have the power to formally require the former Mayor to give evidence, however the Assembly does have that statutory power. [3]

We will ensure the Foreign Secretary has all the information he needs to be able to answer our questions on the day. It is important that he gives us a full and complete account of how so much money was spent on a project that was abandoned, at great cost to the London taxpayer.

Notes to editors

  1.  Also, on 18 July 2017, the Budget and Performance Committee issued a summons notice to the Mayor of London’s Chief of Staff, David Bellamy, requesting documents regarding the current Mayor’s correspondence concerning the Review into the Garden Bridge Project undertaken by Dame Margaret Hodge MP.
  2. The former Mayor was unavailable on the original required date, so the committee will resummons him for the mutually agreed date and time.
  3. Refusing or failing to attend Assembly proceedings as required by a summons notice without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence.
  4. The summons document will be published here with the Committee papers on January 23rd.
  5. The Garden Bridge design procurement
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.



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