'The most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen' (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0325
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please set out your specific reasons why you decided to curtail debate in public on Crossrail at TfL's Board meeting held on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Answer

Answer for 'The most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen' (3)

Answer for 'The most transparent, engaged and accessible administration London has ever seen' (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I stated in the Transport for London (TfL) Board meeting, I have encouraged transparent reporting on Crossrail as it is crucial that the TfL Board can fully scrutinise the project. An update on the progress of Crossrail is provided to every meeting of the TfL Board and of its Programmes and Investment Committee. The papers are published on the TfL website and we always seek to discuss as much as we can in public.

There was a full public discussion of progress at the Board meeting on 30 January 2018.I only excluded the press and public from the part of the discussion that related to the financial and business affairs of Crossrail's contractors. As I explained at the time, there are very good reasons why some things need to be discussed in private, in order to protect commercial interests. Such issues are exempt from discussion in public under paragraph 3 of Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972.