Training for Young People (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 17, 2009
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I find it interesting that so many people are commenting on an LDA Board meeting that they were not at. I will declare an interest; I was at that particular LDA Board meeting. As I recall, the discussion was whether the money would be best spent on academies or best spent addressing other systemic failures of the Government with regard to its education and training policies of young people. I will do a John Biggs: 'But you don't need to answer that, I will move on'.

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Answer for Training for Young People (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Training for Young People (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Brian Coleman (AM): On a point of order, Chair, if the LDA just published its minutes online like every other functional body we would all know what was discussed.

Darren Johnson (Chair): Very good point that is noted and has been well made by Assembly Members over the past nine years! James?

James Cleverly (AM): The LDA Board asked for a Mayoral direction on this issue because there was a divergence of opinion at LDA Board level. Do you feel it is better that Mayoral priorities are given directions to the LDA Board or do you think it is better that Mayoral priorities are fed through some kind of back room process to influence the LDA Board?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): James puts his finger on an important point which is that this whole discussion has been completely transparent. I really for the life of me cannot work out what the position of my questioners is about academies. They share the party of a Government that purportedly supports them and yet they seem to be viscerally opposed to them in London.

When you look at the tragic failure of a Labour Government to deliver improvements in literacy and in numeracy that London kids deserve I think there is an overwhelming case for us in the GLA for doing our best to see what we can do to increase people's aspirations and opportunities and I think the academies package may very well be part of it.