Opening Statement & Questions on PPP (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
March 27, 2002
Question By: 
Lynne Featherstone
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In terms of the legal challenge, I don't think you have any alternative to go the extra mile if the Government decides to go ahead, given everything you have said about the contract. I would support you in that and as for the argument that it delays things, we've decided it delayed nothing given what's in the contract. But you have lost one court case already and so I would think this is an opportune moment for you to encourage the Government to reconsider, to encourage Tony Blair to reconsider. You have fought this every step of the way. You believe that lives are at risk, you believe that it's going to cost London and possibly the whole country dear financially. It is clear these are contracts from hell, from everything you have said.

At Functional Body Question Time you stated that you would use any means in your power and, given that the vote at People's Question Time was so unanimous, I would call on you now to lead the people of London, as suggested at People's Question Time, in a mass lobby of Parliament on St. George's Day. Furthermore, I would call on you to lead an all party deputation of GLA Members and MPs to No.10 Downing Street because, if Tony Blair is considering it at the moment, then I can think of no better moment for you to actually stand up for London.

Answer

Answer for Opening Statement & Questions on PPP (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Opening Statement & Questions on PPP (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am happy to take on board several of those points. I have my doubts as to whether me leading the Assembly up to the gates of No.10 is going to be the decisive swing factor in Tony Blair's mind. The last time the Prime Minister saw these contracts and the last time a judge saw them they were substantially different and substantially better than they are now, which is why I think we may get a different decision in a judicial challenge this time round. I believe that the Prime Minister is now genuinely focusing his attention on these.