Summer Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  We are going to get back to that subject because there is a question on the order paper. The next question is going to be recorded in the name of Assembly Member Bacon but I understand that Assembly Member Boff is asking it.

Andrew Boff AM (on behalf of Gareth Bacon AM):  Thank you for your indulgence, Chair.  Just imagine this delivered in a Bexley accent and you will be fine.

The Government is now accepting bids for enterprise zones.  Will the Mayor make the case for more enterprise zones in the capital?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Summer Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Summer Budget (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  We always look at the case for enterprise zones all over the place.  As you know, we have mayoral development corporations now in Stratford and at Old Oak and there are other areas that we are looking at as well.

Andrew Boff AM:  Can we look forward to an announcement within the next year about ‑‑

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Are you saying that you want Bexley to be an enterprise zone?

Andrew Boff AM:  I do not think we are particularly asking for Bexley to be one, but can we --

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am always willing to see the case.  As you know, the Docks [the Royal Docks] are an enterprise zone.  I am always willing to see the case.

Andrew Boff AM:  You are welcoming bids from, say, boroughs that may wish to bid?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Yes, absolutely.

Andrew Boff AM:  That is exactly the point.  Thank you very much indeed.