Mr Mayor, you have already made reference to the views of London boroughs so, for example, my own borough of Barnet did an exhaustive enquiry as to whether we could locate travellers' sites. Under the last Labour/Liberal Democrat administration of Barnet the then Labour Leader of the Council made a very firm statement that, having examined this in great detail, the Council said there were no suitable sites in the London Borough of Barnet. That has since been reinforced by further work by the Conservative administration.
So will you accept that in many of these boroughs there is cross-party unanimity that we are unable to accommodate travellers' sites. I think many Liberal Democrat councils take exactly the same position. I am looking at the table of current pitches and, for example, the Liberal Democrat controlled borough of Islington does not have any. I have no view whether Islington should or should not have; it is a matter, I think, for Islington Council and if that is what the Council decides then I am quite relaxed to go with that. After 30 years of Labour control there are no sites in Hammersmith and Fulham for example. Again, that is what the councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham think is right for their borough.
So will you accept that borough views should really be quite paramount in this and whilst we all want to fulfil the law, we must accept that locally elected borough councillors should have a significant say in this?