Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal at Southwark Station

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3349
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As Chair of Transport for London, please explain why it was that a member of staff at London Underground refused permission for a volunteer from the Royal British Legion to undertake a shift collecting for this year's Poppy Appeal when said collector arrived at Southwark Station at 7.30am on November 6th? In light of this refusal to allow a collection, will London Underground make a donation to the Royal British Legion to make up for the money lost by the Poppy Appeal due to this over officious attitude by a member of their staff?"

Answer

Answer for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal at Southwark Station

Answer for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal at Southwark Station

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground has supported charity collections for the Royal British Legion (RBL) as well as a large number of other charities.

In more recent years it has become necessary, for reasons of security and fraud prevention, that any charity seeking to undertake collections at a Tube station obtain permission to do this in advance - specifying the station, date and number of collectors for which permission is sought. This ensures that local station staff have prior notice of collections and know and can check who is on the station premises at all times.

Unfortunately in this unusual case, the correct permission was not sought in advance, however I understand that subsequently the volunteer gained permission and was able to undertake the collection at the station.

I'm pleased to report that in total RBL were permitted to collect at almost 250 Tube stations this year - including Southwark, for an average of 10 days at each station over the collection period (26 October to 8 November).