The LEP

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0340
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What steps have you taken to make the LEP's structure more transparent?

Answer

Answer for The LEP

Answer for The LEP

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to openness in my administration and am committed to making the work of the London Enterprise Panel (and any Subordinate Body of the Panel) transparent in line with my policy and stakeholder expectations.

Agendas and reports for the Panel and any of its Groups are posted on the LEP's website at least two clear working days before the meeting to which they relate. Summary minutes of the meetings of the Panel and its Groups are posted on the GLA's website within two weeks of the meeting to which they relate.

The LEP website (lep.london) also includes a range of information proactively published by the LEP, including its Constitution, Assurance Framework, Membership, FOIA policy, subordinate body structure and publications.

Reports for these meetings are released with the agenda except in cases where the Secretary reasonably considers that information contained in the reports may be exempt from disclosure under an applicable exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) on the basis that the public interest is against disclosure. The meetings themselves are not be public to reflect the accountability arrangements Parliament has put in place for the GLA; that is that the Mayor is answerable to the Assembly through Mayor's Question Time only after he has taken decisions.

All arrangements for LEP transparency have been agreed by London Councils (who act as co-Deputy Chair through Mayor Jules Pipe) and were independently reviewed as part of a governance review in 2014. The Members of the LEP are committed to best practice in this area, voluntarily adopting an approach that reflects many of the arrangements in place for bodies that are subject to the Access to information regulations.