Regional Assembly Powers

MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What will do to ensure that the Greater London Authority has the same powers that look likely to be granted to any new Regional Assembly, as announced in the Government's White paper of May 9th, especially as they relate to economic and social regeneration in areas such as housing strategy and skills development?



Answer for Regional Assembly Powers

Answer for Regional Assembly Powers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In advance of my meeting with him on 19 June, I have written to the Minister for London, Nick Raynsford, expressing my dismay at the disappointing and perverse approach the White Paper adopts in relation to London. I have insisted that it is illogical to propose to give powers to completely new and untested authorities, whilst at the same time refusing to even consider extending those powers to this authority, which has a two-year track record and which - by the time any of the elected regional assemblies are in place - is likely to have existed for five or six years. Copies of my letter are available from the Assembly Secretariat. I am particularly disturbed that there have been no proposals in the White Paper for the regional assemblies to have waste authority functions. That is the biggest gap that I can see. .