Fireworks (Supplementary) [3]

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

Question

I am very pleased to be debating this again. You may recall I put a similar question in November, and I strongly support your position. I don't think it's a party position at all. The public sale of fireworks should be restricted or banned, and they should be restricted to displays for the very reasons that Nicky has described. We all have constituency examples of these. The question I had today on this subject was, what actions are you taking to take this forward? I think Nicky has opened up the question and, indeed, it relates to the one about graffiti as well. It's about using the GLA's power to promote London Local Authority Bills to support legislation in Parliament, and to actively campaign alongside boroughs for changes to law where it's in the interests of Londoners. I would be interested to hear what steps you're taking, and what resource you have to develop that in the round. Is there a London Local Authority Act in the offing this year, and are you taking effort in promoting that?

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Answer for Fireworks (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Fireworks (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is certainly a London Local Government Act in the offing. I don't know to what extent it's now finalised - it might not have even started its process. There is always a problem with private legislation, which is that it can't move into the area of national legislation. I suspect we couldn't use the local government legislation to establish a new law for London borough, but I'd love to if we could. I'll ask our lawyers to look at whether it's a possibility.

John Biggs: That would be very useful, and I think the Assembly would probably like to hear about that. Using a range of approaches to promote London's interests through legislation - private or otherwise - is a very fruitful thing we should be looking at across the parties.