North East Assembly

MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
Peter Hulme Cross
One London Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The People of the North East have voted NO to an elected Assembly by 78% to 22%. Do you think that, with the benefit of 4 years experience, Londoners might now also agree that the London Assembly as currently constituted is ineffective and a waste of their money?


Answer for North East Assembly

Answer for North East Assembly

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The majority of people who voted in London's referendum voted 'yes' to there being a Greater London Authority as currently constituted, but sadly, that included many people, like myself, who wanted something different, but given it was this or nothing, went along with this, rather than nothing.

I do think, now, there is a lot to be said for revisiting the powers of the Assembly. We have a question later on from Dee (Doocey) that touches on the question of the powers of the Government Office for London (GOL). There are a lot of things that GOL is doing that could be devolved either to my office or to the Assembly.

I think the other lesson ' touching on a question later on from John Biggs ' is that there just was not enough on offer to make it attractive. I think it would have been a more attractive package if the Government had been able to say, 'Look, you are going to get the powers that the Mayor of London has got. You will be able to do what they have done with the buses. You will be able to do what has been done with policing and all of that.' It just was not quite enough to make this attractive to people.