Appointments Statement and Questions (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
March 27, 2002
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Before the election you were always keen to say that you opposed the idea of a directly elected Mayor and concentrating more and more decision making powers in the hands of one individual. This seems to be strengthening the grip of one individual over the organisation and putting more and more power into your hands. Is that consistent with the views that you were arguing before the election?

Answer

Answer for Appointments Statement and Questions (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Appointments Statement and Questions (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

: No, my preference would still be that this was much more like the GLC, an authority elected in which I constructed an administration from amongst the members elected. But that isn't what the Act says and what I've noticed is a constant tendency to drift towards trying to curtail my office from the Assembly. Objections to my Senior Policy Advisors being involved in staff appointments, the recent resolution of the Assembly asking the Chief Executive to look at rights of the Assembly in terms of access to staff and so on. It all suggests to me there is confusion, that increasingly with the passage of time people are settling in to a comfortable old borough Council way of working. If that was the legislation that's the way we'd do it, but it isn't the legislation. I am an elected executive. I am responsible for a failure to deliver services. I am not in a position to be able to say, "Well, this was the fault of some useless Civil Servant". I am responsible and therefore I am going to make that if I have got responsibility I've got the power to deliver.