Police Budget (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Keith Prince AM:  Mr Mayor, you did bit of a review when you came in, which I thought was quite sensible, in relation to TfL land.  With TfL’s land you said, “Instead of just selling it off we are going to see if we can work with partners”.  There is a framework with partners who you work with, but I do not want to go into that.  Instead of selling off the land you are going to do JVs, joint developments (JDs) and generate revenue.  Have you put that to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Mr Mayor?  Is that a possibility, rather than, as you say, selling off the family silver actually polishing it and getting a better return?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Police Budget (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Police Budget (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  There are two things.  Firstly, note, Chair, a Conservative Member welcomed a review I have undertaken.


Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Chair):  A love-in.


Keith Prince AM:  We are having a love-in today.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  You will lose your mates, be careful.


Keith Prince AM:  I do not have any mates.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):   The second thing is that the legislation is a bit different with the MPS to TfL in relation to best value.  You are right to raise this because what you are advising me against is inadvertently getting a windfall now when we could make better use of it.


Keith Prince AM:  An ongoing return, yes.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  It is a good point you make.  We are exploring that.


Keith Prince AM:  I will note that one.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  However, the legislation is a bit different.  We have to maximise revenues for the reasons Assembly Member O’Connell alluded to, at the same time being cognisant of the point you are making which is that we would kick ourselves if we sold stuff off that we could sensibly use.  It is a conversation we are having with MOPAC.  The TfL legislation is different to the MPS legislation and so the wriggle room is less.