Stronger, fairer, and more innovative London economy (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
July 1, 2015
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Harvey McGrath, Deputy Chair of the LEP, and Cathy Walsh OBE, Further Education Representative of the LEP

Question

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  I have a specific question for Mr McGrath.  Very briefly, Harvey, employment is a key for a stronger economy and you talked very much about this document and yet it does not mention anywhere the challenge of parental employment.  Given that around 10% fewer women who are parents in London are in employment compared to the rest of the UK, have you done any work on this issue and perhaps the childcare challenges that the capital faces?

Answer

Answer for Stronger, fairer, and more innovative London economy (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Stronger, fairer, and more innovative London economy (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
Harvey McGrath, Deputy Chair of the LEP, and Cathy Walsh OBE, Further Education Representative of the LEP

Harvey McGrath (Deputy Chair, London Enterprise Panel):  That is a fair question and one that you raised ‑‑

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Twice before.

Harvey McGrath (Deputy Chair, London Enterprise Panel):  ‑‑ in our last meeting.  The answer is that we have not, as the Panel, commissioned any work on that area.  It is something that we should look at but it is not yet something that has been done.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Is it something that you will commit to do?  I have raised this when we met privately and also when we had a devolution hearing and I know my colleague Stephen Knight [Stephen Knight AM] has raised it previously as well.  It feels as if this is an important area and you are given no attention to it, yet we have a highly skilled workforce and we have women with degrees, very professional women, who are not going back into work.  It is a ‘brain drain’ from London’s economy.  Will you promise to do some actual work on this to see what can be done to make sure there are employment opportunities for these women?

Harvey McGrath (Deputy Chair, London Enterprise Panel):  Yes, I am happy to say that we will take a look at it.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Thank you.