Following the Greater London Authority Act 2007, the Communities and Local Government Select Committee conducted an investigation entitled ‘Post-legislative scrutiny of the Greater London Authority Act 2007’. The report was published on 16 October 2013.
This document sets out the government response to the CLG Select Committee’s recommendations. The recommendations aim to strengthen the powers of the Assembly and correct what the Select Committee see as inconsistencies in the Greater London Authority’s function and ability to hold the Mayor of London to account.
Of the 7 recommendations made by the Select Committee, the government has rejected 4 on the basis that they increase the costs and bureaucracy of the current systems and dilute the powers of the Mayor.
The government would however consider the recommendations that would reform the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, remove Assembly member’s rights to join the Mayor’s cabinet and consider the role of the Assembly if further devolution of powers to the Mayor were reviewed.