The London Assembly will this week hear from former Assembly Member Bob Neill, now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, about the coalition’s plans for Devolution to the capital.
Mr Neill was elected to the London Assembly at the inaugural 2000 elections and stood down in 2008 after successfully contesting the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election in June 2006 following the death of Eric Forth. He was succeeded on the Assembly by James Cleverly.
On Wednesday Neill will be asked by LibDem AM Caroline Pidgeon whether any new laws passed by Westminster will “ensure the maximum possible devolution of powers from Whitehall to London.”
Conservative Roger Evans is set to ask him if boroughs will be allowed to control planning in their areas while Green Party AM Darren Johnson will ask whether the Assembly has “adequate powers and resources to fulfil its scrutiny and accountability role.”
Labour’s Len Duvall will be asking Neill how he sees “the relationship between your department and the Mayor’s office differing from that under the previous government and what prospect do you see for greater devolution to the Mayor and Assembly?”
Before then, AMs will hold two public meetings on Tuesday.
At 10AM the Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee will question witnesses on how decisions about the legacy use of the Olympic Stadium and Media Centre might affect the local community.
Later in the morning the Committee will also question Mayoral advisor Pam Chesters and Judith Rutherford, Director of the London Skills and Employment Board about “progress on skills and employment” since the Committee’s Time to Skill report was published in November 2009.
From 3.30 on Tuesday the Business Management and Administration Committee will discuss the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on Local Leadership and Public Trust in London and Local Government.
Times and dates:
Tuesday 20th July 2010
10AM: Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee
3.30pm: Business Management and Administration Committee
Wednesday 21 July 2010
10AM: The London Assembly questions Bob Neill, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government