Westward Extension of Congestion Charging (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Returning to the question, it seems to me that there are actually two questions within this. One is about the precept and the budget, and the other one is about whether extending the Congestion Charge should be a priority.

Taking the first, we are going to have a lengthy budget debate in the next month or so, and we do not need to go through that in detail now. But I think we should be clear, and I am seeking your confirmation or refutation of this, if you like, that a question that suggests whether or not the Congestion Charge is extended in west London is fundamental to the scale of precept in London is just mistaken. The precept is all about policing and police budgets.

The second part of that is that the funding of the Congestion Charge is far more dependent on the transport spending review outcome than it is on the budget debate. I think it is worth shooting that fox now, and being clear that the budget debate is fundamentally about policing in London.


Answer for Westward Extension of Congestion Charging (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Westward Extension of Congestion Charging (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The only proposals for an increase in precept are for police and for the expansion of the Fire Service to deal with terrorism. There will be no proposal in the budget for any further expenditure on transport, because the nightmare of absorbing the bizarre budget we have inherited from London Underground is going to take us a good year to sort out.