Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Greater London Authority Act 2007 And The London Assembly
HC 213, Fourth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together With Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Communities and Local Government Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Greater London Authority Act 2007 And The London Assembly (HC 213)' asks how the public are supposed to disentangle a situation in which an Assembly Member can hold the executive to account in one area while working on behalf of the executive in another; although the Assembly's main job is to hold the Mayor to account, the Mayor can still appoint Assembly Members to his cabinet while they continue to sit in the Assembly.
A further example of inconsistency is identified by the report, questioning why Assembly Members can sit on some Greater London Authority (GLA) London-wide executive bodies but not others. For example, eight Assembly Members can sit on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority but no Assembly Member is entitled to join the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime. The Mayor must be held to account for the substantial powers invested in him and the London Assembly is the right vehicle to do this, but not in its current form.
The Committee recommends that the Assembly should be given power to:
call in mayoral decisions;
amend the Mayor's capital budgets as it can his revenue budgets;
reject the Mayor's Police and Crime Plan on the same basis as it can other mayoral strategies; and
review and if necessary reject the Mayor's appointment of any Deputy Mayor.
In addition, Assembly members who join the Mayor's cabinet or sit on GLA boards should be required to give up their Assembly membership and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority should be reconstituted along the lines of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime.
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