Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I don't think people have yet realised quite how ugly your 28-foot TV gantries for the congestion charge are and that will become an issue, I think, in the London media in the coming months, but our party conditionally support you on this.

What I'm concerned about is the Westminster issue because it's clearly important that, if there are important issues, they be tested in the courts - that's established in the English constitutional system - and it's pretty important that they be tested sooner rather than later so that if it does cause problems, TfL and GLA can deal with those problems in a timely fashion.

What interests me is that I was tipped off by the Opposition in Westminster, without breaching any confidentiality or giving you any copy of the advice, that Westminster had received a legal opinion at the end of March this year, but they chose not to lodge it in the courts until the day after the local elections. That strikes me as cynical, particularly when the Westminster spokesman yesterday said that the action was not a political action; it was purely to defend the interests of their residents. Could you comment on that?


Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think most probably Westminster has got the same opinion poll figures that have been done publicly and have been done for TfL. The single greatest area of popularity for congestion charge is inside the zone. Westminster residents inside the zone are about two to one in favour. Of course Westminster City Council didn't want to upset them. I suspect had Westminster said we're going to try and stop the congestion charge they might have lost a few seats inside the zone area in their borough.