Free Newspapers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Reference: 
2007/1036
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given the growing problem of litter on the underground and concerns expressed by councils such as Westminster, do you regret starting the phenomenon of 'free' give-away newspapers by issuing the original contracts?

Answer

Answer for Free Newspapers

Answer for Free Newspapers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I did not start the phenomenon of free newspapers. It was an established business model well before Metro was first distributed to Underground and National Rail commuters in the mornings.I therefore have no contractual power to control the activities of the businesses who publish and distribute these afternoon newspapers.