MQT on 2017-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why did you say that you used Uber when you were campaigning to be Mayor, and then said that you'd never used them when you revoked their licence?


Answer for Uber

Answer for Uber

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The premise of this question is factually untrue.  During the mayoral campaign I did not say that I used Uber.  I have never knowingly used an Uber.  I have never had the Uber app on my phone.  I have never ordered an Uber.  As I have said many times before there is a place in London for a flourishing black taxi and private hire vehicle trade but they have to play by the rules.  During an interview with the BBC I was asked whether I was an Uber man or a black cab man.  The questioner was clearly asking which side I would take if I was elected Mayor.  I described myself as both because this is not about taking sides, it is about ensuring there is a level playing field for all providers.



Andrew Boff AM:  Thank you, Mr MayorYou have had a few weeks to get a briefing on that question from when it was initially asked by Hannad when you hosted the programme on LBC.  Of course, the difference between now and then is that you cannot shut me up by putting the phone down, as you did to him.  Do you think you owe Hannad an apology for not answering his question in that fulsome way?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Well Chair, I would say, Assembly Member Boff’s had a month to think of a question, if that is the best he can do he owes us all an apology.   It was not me that cut off this gentleman who rang, it was LBC.  Because the topic in that part of the programme was not Uber, I think it was something else, and I think LBC cut this gentleman off.




Andrew Boff AM:  You finished with Hannad, after not answering the questions, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about, mate”  ut obviously you did know what he was talking about,did you not?  You have just answered the question to me so you do know what the subject was about?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chair, I am not sure what the question is --




Andrew Boff AM:  This was a question from a Londoner, Mr Mayor, and you hung up on him.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Well, Chair, I am sorry, it is my fault because Mr Boff was looking at his next question and not listening to my last answer.  Let me answer again because it is really important that elected politicians are given the courtesy of a response to a question --




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Go ahead.




Andrew Boff AM:  You have chosen to answer that question.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  -- and not interrupted when they are answering a question to another Member.




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Okay, let me have an answer.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I was asked this question by the caller and the people in the booth. I am sure Mr Boff has also done an LBC [show]. The producers behind the booth cut off the caller because it was not on topic.




Andrew Boff AM:  Right.




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Assembly Member Boff?




Andrew Boff AM:  Mr Mayor, your predecessor commissioned a report in January last year to investigate the potential impacts of removing the congestion charge zone exemptions for private hire vehicles (PHVs).  Would you release that report to the Assembly?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Sorry, will I release a report done by the previous Mayor?




Andrew Boff AM:  It is a GLA report, Mr Mayor.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chair, I am happy to get my staff to write Assembly Member Boff a note on the procedures of City Hall and a Noddy guide on how to do the FOI because that will hopefully help him get this information.




Andrew Boff AM:  Mr Mayor, are you currently saying that you are not going to release that report?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am happy to disclose all reports under the usual FOI processes but he is asking me to answer questions about a report done by the previous Mayor and so the best thing to do is for me to send him a note on how to get this sort of stuff to make it easy for him to get it.




Andrew Boff AM:  You are saying that the Assembly should resort to FOI procedures in order to get reports that are GLA documents?  Is that what you are saying, Mr Mayor?




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  Assembly Member Boff, ask your own question in your own time.  I did not hear the Mayor say that.  I heard the Mayor saying to you --




Andrew Boff AM:  I am just asking for a confirmation, Chair --




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  I heard the Mayor say to you --




Andrew Boff AM:  -- whether or not the Assembly has to wait for FOI procedures before it can get reports, GLA reports, that it has requested.




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  That is not what the Mayor said.  The Mayor said if you want --




Andrew Boff AM:  I would not mind the Mayor saying that actually.




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  If he can just repeat again what --




Andrew Boff AM:  Who is the Mayor here, Chair?




Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  I am the Chair and I have heard, as everybody else has heard, what he said.  He was not speaking to the Assembly.  Can I ask the Mayor to repeat that answer?




Andrew Boff AM:  Yes, thank you very much.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  If the Assembly Member wants to see a report prepared for the previous Mayor I am happy to send him the processes on how he goes about getting that.




Andrew Boff AM:  I want to see a GLA report, Mr Mayor.  Will you provide that GLA report to the Assembly?




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I am really happy to look into the report he wants, Chair, and write back to him directly about it.




Andrew Boff AM:  Thank you, thank you.  Thank you very much.




Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  We waited a whole month for this.  That is the quality of --