Devolving tax powers

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


One year on from the London Finance Commission, could the Mayor please detail what progress has been made with regards lobbying the Government to devolve more powers to the GLA?


Answer for Devolving tax powers

Answer for Devolving tax powers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you.  Yes, Gareth, I do think that we need to go further with this and the progress that we have been making is so far not adequate.  Whatever happens in Scotland tomorrow, there will be a push to give more fiscal independence to Scotland.  I cannot for the life of me see why this process can continue without some measure of devolution in England.  I hope that is common ground around this Assembly.  We think that loads of things have been tried.  They tried the hopeless regional assemblies.  They tried all that nonsense under the early years of the Blair regime [former Prime Minister, Tony Blair MP].  They dumped those finally.  That did not work.  An English Parliament makes much sense.  

What we need is a fiscal devolution to the locomotives of the United Kingdom economy - those are the English cities.  That is what the London Finance Commission recommended and we will continue to be making that case.  I will be making it even more vigorously from Friday, whatever happens in the vote.  The vote is, by the way, going to be a no.  Scotland is going to stay.