I am tempted to ask which part of section 45 (3) of the GLA Act this question refers to. In other words, what this has to do with your strategic responsibilities? Since the question has been allowed, and the answer has been allowed, can I say that everybody from all political parties would condemn fraud, but that is an amazing cheek from the Labour Party to raise the question of fraud, corruption and mismanagement in Lambeth?
Are you aware that in the last year of the Labour administration, there were 89 separate cases of fraud identified, with £1 million pounds worth of spending? Are you aware that when Labour left office in 2002, they left a deficit of £28 million? That has been turned around to a surplus last year of £24 million. Are you aware that the district auditor has qualified Lambeth's accounts for the last 17 years until now, and that this is the first year for 17 years that Lambeth's accounts have not been qualified by the district auditor? Those are years when the Labour Party was in charge. Are you aware that when the Labour Party left office in Lambeth in 2002, the council tax collection rate was 82%? Do you know how much it is today after four years after Liberal and Conservative administration? 95%.
Are you aware, Mr Mayor, that when Labour left office there were over 1,000 cases going to the ombudsman? That total has been halved today. Are you aware that when Labour left office in 2002, the recycling rate in Lambeth, one of your strategic responsibilities, was 8%? Do you know how much that is now today? 24%. Are you aware that when Labour left office in 2002, your own government had put the council in special measures on four issues? Are you aware that today there are no special measures? They have all been lifted. Are you aware that when Labour left office, schools were under special measures? Are you aware today that no Lambeth schools are under special measures? Are you aware that Labour had a plan to close 10 primary schools when they were in charge? Are you aware that today plans are well advanced to open three new secondary schools?
Are you aware that when Labour were last in office they closed two libraries and cut the book fund by £400,000? Are you aware that today, thanks to increased spending by the Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration, visits per thousand have risen from 3,000 to 5,000? I could go on, I have a 23 page briefing note which I will willingly read, and indeed at the next Assembly meeting, we will willingly table questions about every Labour council in London if the Labour Party really wishes to use the time of this assembly to scrutinise councils instead of scrutinising you, which is what our job is.