Regional Assembly Powers (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You have said that you have an expectation that somewhere down the line, greater powers will gradually accrue to you. What do you think about increasing the powers of the Assembly, alongside those of the London Mayor? However much people like Lynne Featherstone may grease up to you on subjects to do with Westminster and the judicial review, nevertheless, when she presented you with her considered thoughts as Chairman of the Committee on your congestion charge - which were in the main rather critical - you basically told her to go and take a running jump. Of course, you are legally entitled to do that, we appreciate that - that is the way things are at the moment. Would you agree, that to make the whole Assembly more meaningful to Londoners, it would make sense to give the Assembly members more power? At the moment we have little power - which we failed to exercise over your budget - but what about increasing the powers so that we had some say over all your strategies. Wouldn't that actually give us a more meaningful role?

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Answer for Regional Assembly Powers (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Regional Assembly Powers (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do actually believe the structure is wrong here. The Assemblies should not repeat the mistake here of simply a scrutiny role. In America, the elected chambers at municipal and national level have a scrutiny role, but they also have a legislative role. If you go to a city council in America, you will find it's passing ordinances and byelaws that really have an effect - it's usually taking the planning decisions, etc. I would be quite happy to either keep a separately elected Mayor, or have the Mayor elected by the Assembly after election. Whoever is Mayor should assemble an administration from the elected members of the Assembly. Then, the Tory party could form the opposition.