Corporate meetings at lap dancing clubs

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Reference: 
2009/2834
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you join the Government in backing the findings of a report by the equality pressure group The Fawcett Society that say using lap dancing clubs in a work context is undermining women in the workplace. The report found that 86% of lap dancing clubs in London provide 'discrete receipts' which enable employees to reclaim company expenses without any evidence of where the money was spent. Would you consider adopting any initiatives to help prevent the sex industry targeting the corporate market? What approach would you take to any GLA employee using such venues, or charging them to expenses?

Answer

Answer for Corporate meetings at lap dancing clubs

Answer for Corporate meetings at lap dancing clubs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have set out in my draft Violence Against Women strategy, there are links between lap dancing clubs, prostitution and trafficking, and I will support boroughs in ensuring that the proliferation of lap dancing clubs is controlled. I will also champion any police operations that target lapdancing clubs to investigate any misconduct or criminal activity.

The use of such venues by GLA staff for official business or charging expenses for them would be entirely inappropriate and in contravention of the GLA Expenses and Benefits Framework.