Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
May 21, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Richard Barnes (AM): Mr Mayor, given that I have been very closely involved with the investigation into the LDA, will you accept my congratulations of taking positive action on behalf of the Authority and London in setting up this panel. Will you also note that of the six companies referred to the police there have been arrests in five of them and further examination is going on in the sixth? Will you also assure us that when you are taking positive action for London you will do it in a transparent and open manner, as you have to date, and not revert to personal abuse and vilification as was the hallmark of a previous administration?

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Answer for Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Of course, Richard, I will make sure that we get to the bottom of what has been going wrong, if, indeed, it turns out that anything has been going on; it looks rather as though it has but I do not want to prejudge the outcome of Patience's investigations, nor indeed of the police investigations. Is it five or six police investigations?

Richard Barnes (AM): Six police investigations; 12 are being looked at by the District Auditor.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We should not prejudge what the police will turn up but I do want to repeat, for the benefit of everybody watching, that I do not think that everything that has been done in this building or indeed by the LDA should be dismissed and some very valuable and public-spirited work has been done.

Richard Barnes (AM): Thank you.