It is worth saying that one of the best approaches to a political retreat is to run like hell and cause as much confusion as possible, and I think that Ken has done that fairly well today. In his Mayor's Report to the last meeting, he said clearly: "Unlike last year, transport services will not be running late into the night." In a written reply, he then said: "I have not yet agreed any proposals for public transport times"; and in the minutes of the meeting, in reply to an oral question, he said: "I have made it clear that that area of the transport system over which I have some control . . . will run to beyond midnight. I will be making it clear to Keith Hill when I meet him later today . . . that I expect the Underground to run beyond midnight as well."
It seemed to me at the time - this is why I tabled the written question - that it was a state of total confusion, with three contrary answers from the pen and the mouth of the same man, the Mayor of London. One says there will be no late services, the second says they must be extended, and the third says, "I I haven't made up my mind yet." We as Londoners need to know why he got himself into this mess.