Metronet contracts: 'independent' panel [2]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3293
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Since it is the legal duty of the London Assembly to hold the Mayor to account, would it not be more appropriate for a committee of the Assembly to appoint the expert panel which monitors London Underground's progress with Tube upgrades, and to receive its reports in their public sessions ?

Answer

Answer for Metronet contracts: 'independent' panel [2]

Answer for Metronet contracts: 'independent' panel [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The announcement that the Secretary of State and I made recently, confirming that London Underground (LU) will remain permanently responsible for Metronet's former activities, with some new scrutiny measures put in place, reflects two key factors.

Firstly, that LU has already taken significant steps to enhance its organisation and management, resulting in improved (and more transparent) delivery of both day to day maintenance and renewal works, since it took over Metronet's responsibilities. This has been achieved while also achieving significant efficiencies in the face of a chaotic financial legacy from Metronet's collapse.

Secondly, that ultimate responsibility for Metronet's former activities now rests with the TfL Board and the Mayor, in the same way as do TfL's other activities. As such they are subject to the same multiple layers of scrutiny (including by the Assembly) and in the final analysis to the judgement of Londoners, who elect the Mayor.

The new scrutiny measures will enhance this further. The shortlist from which the independent advisory panel will be appointed will be agreed by the Secretary of State, and its reports will be available to him. The primary purpose of the experts will be to inform the decisions that the TfL Board makes in respect of the delivery of the TfL Investment programme, and as such they must report to it and to myself as the Chair.