Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Murad Qureshi AM:  Thank you, Chair.  Mr Mayor, can I just come back to the discussion at the House of Commons on air quality.  I was actually very impressed by how informed our London MPs are on the issue and I was particularly impressed by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) Minister, Rory Stewart OBE MP, responding to all those points, particularly from London MPs.  Really, should you have not been there to respond to many of those points made by London MPs, particularly when the choice was between attending a prerecord at LBC or being accountable to London MPs on this issue?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Mayor's Oral Report (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  It is peculiar that the Labour Members of the Assembly should take that line, having previously said what an outrage it would be if I were to become an MP.  When it is your constitutional function, if I may respectfully say so, for you to interrogate me about what I am doing in London and your job to interrogate City Hall about our air quality strategy ‑‑

Murad Qureshi AM:  We are doing it.  We are doing that.  You are not listening.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ it is slightly mystifying to hear you attempt to shrug off that responsibility to other ‑‑

Murad Qureshi AM:  I would like to think that actually ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Mr Mayor.  Sorry, no.  I heard a direct question, which you can just answer yes or no to.  Can you just repeat your direct question specifically about a mayoral responsibility that you felt the Mayor had?

Murad Qureshi AM:  In terms of priorities, yes, we will take you and we will make you accountable on those issues, as we have done.  Also, as a parliamentarian, I would not have raised this question if you were not an MP ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  No, I want a mayoral question.

Murad Qureshi AM:  The mayoral question is: does he think that a prerecording with LBC has a higher priority than being accountable to London MPs?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Through you, Jennette ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  No, I am sorry.  No, I am stopping that.

Tony Arbour AM (Deputy Chairman):  You have a point of order.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  I will take a point of order in a moment.  No, I am stopping that.  Can I just say to Members, we just have to be clear here.  There is an order paper in front of us and then we are currently receiving the oral report and questions on  that.  Those questions must be specific to the role of the Mayor of London and must not be in associated with what he does when he is in the House of Commons.  It is a grey line but, no, we are going to leave ‑‑

Murad Qureshi AM:  A grey line?  I did not create the grey line between being an MP ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Excuse me, Mr Qureshi.  We are going to navigate this and I just want you to try to follow me.

Murad Qureshi AM:  I take your point and I do ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  OK.  Follow me and we will get through this.  Assembly Member Cleverly, you had a point of order?

James Cleverly AM MP:  Madam Chair, you have covered the point that I was going to make.

Jenny Jones AM:  Sit down, then.

James Cleverly AM MP:  I was merely going to make the point that there are a number of us ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  No, let him stand.  You are not chairing this.

James Cleverly AM MP:  ‑‑ across the Chamber who for a period of time will have dual functions and you are very right to point out that the onus is for us to question the Mayor on his function as a Mayor for London, not as a MP for Uxbridge.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  It is a delight when you can support me, Assembly Member Cleverly.

Jenny Jones AM:  It is too rare.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  It is too rare.  OK.  That is the end of questions to the Mayor on his oral update.