Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mayor, I recognise why you are taking the steps for this but, look, half a million people attended last year and we are offering 100,000 this year.  The price of a £10 ticket will quickly escalate.  I presume we will have a strategy of stopping ticket-touts or having non-transferrable tickets.  It will be difficult to do.  Is that the reason why the £1 million that we might raise when we sell all these tickets is going towards the ticketing process, not towards the cost of policing and other ancillary issues to do with the fireworks?

Answer

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You raise a very good point, Len.  Clearly, we will have to see how demand goes.  However, my information is that the cost of the ticket for everybody is basically going to cover the cost of the ticketing system.  I cannot give you the full information, but it may be that some of that cost is going towards the kinds of controls and measures you described.  I would be very happy to give you further details as soon as possible.

Len Duvall AM:  I very much welcome that because presumably, on a ticketed affair, we would have to take out insurance, which would be pretty substantial, I would have thought, for a central London event of this magnitude.

In terms of managing crowd control, then, can you confirm today that you are not considering  - or you are considering - suspending the TfL fares issue into central London?  Would that not be a barrier to people participating in this event and push down the numbers?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I will look at that, Len ‑‑

Len Duvall AM:  No, I am not asking you to look at it.  I want to know what your views are.  I have not made up my mind, Mr Mayor.  Have you not considered it?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No.  The truth is I have not been advised on the possible impact of that change.  Really, rather than just extemporising an answer, I would need to talk to TfL about what they thought the impact of that change would be and then give you a proper answer.  I would be very happy to come back to you.