Meeting with Secretary of State (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
June 20, 2001
Question By: 
Bob Neill
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I am very interested in your last point - that Stephen Byers is not authorised to vary Government policy. So it is pretty clear that the Secretary of State for Transport etc does not have power in this. Does that mean that it is still back down to the Treasury again?


Answer for Meeting with Secretary of State (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Meeting with Secretary of State (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is clearly a Treasury-inspired scheme. It is based on the scheme the Treasury devised for the break-up of British Rail under John Major's Government - it pre-dates the Labour Government. Despite the constant attempts to claim that this is somehow Gordon Brown's scheme, it is Treasury thinking, and has been their approach to the rail industry. After the Cullen report yesterday, one finds it bizarre that the Treasury has not learned any of those lessons.