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Written Answers to questions not answered at Mayor’s Question Time on

27 January 2010


Private control of public space

Question No: 1 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How will your draft replacement London Plan help boroughs resist the ‘corporatisation’ of public space through private ownership and management, which you rightly condemn in your Manifesto for Public Space?

Answer from the Mayor:

In my foreword to the draft replacement London Plan I make clear the importance I give to London’s shared space, and the importance of improving its quality, safety and aesthetic appeal – the genius of a big city lies in the way it organises and manages public space.


I do not agree that there can be no role for private ownership or management of shared space. As my Manifesto for Public Space makes clear, the important thing is that where this happens, Londoners do not feel excluded from their own city and it points out that this need not be the case. This principle runs through policies in my draft replacement London Plan dealing with place shaping such as those requiring new development to be designed to improve people’s access to community infrastructure, including green spaces, and that the design of new buildings and spaces should help to reinforce or enhance the character, legibility and permeability of the neighbourhood. Policy 7.5 deals specifically with the importance of ensuring a high quality public realm, and makes clear that London’s public spaces should be accessible.


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Mixed and balanced communities (1)

Question No: 2 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How effective has the London Plan been in promoting the integration of affordable housing within the rest of the development, and ensuring that affordable housing has the same external appearance as the market housing?

Answer from the Mayor:

It is difficult to give a comprehensive answer to this question, as most developments which include affordable housing are dealt with by the boroughs. It is certainly one of the factors I take into account in coming to a decision on major proposals for residential development that I consider.


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Mixed and balanced communities (2)

Question No: 3 / 2010

Jenny Jones

What data is collected on the number and proportion of housing developments where affordable housing has been integrated with market housing, rather than being located in separate blocks, and where affordable housing has the same external appearance as the market housing?

Answer from the Mayor:

No data is currently collected on this matter. It would be both technically difficult and costly to gather this information on a systematic, quantified basis across thirty three boroughs, and for this reason it is not recorded through the London Development Database to which all boroughs contribute.


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Mixed and balanced communities (3)

Question No: 4 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Given your commitment to integrated affordable housing that is “tenure blind” with respect to design, (MQT 3886/2009), why not include a requirement for this approach to tenure mix in London Plan Policy 3.10 rather than relegating the consideration to supporting text and future Supplementary Planning Guidance?

Answer from the Mayor:

The draft replacement London Plan sets out broad strategic policy such as that to promote mixed and balanced communities, and I consider that draft Policy 3.10 is sufficiently clear on the issue. Specific details on implementation of policy are more appropriately addressed in the supporting text of the policy and through Supplementary Planning Guidance.


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Regional housing pot (1)

Question No: 5 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many new social rented homes do you expect to deliver from the 2008-11 Regional Housing Pot?

Answer from the Mayor:

I expect to deliver 30,000 social rented homes from the resources within the 2008-11 Regional Housing Pot, of which I estimate that 71% (21,300) will be newly built.


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Regional housing pot (2)

Question No: 6 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many new intermediate homes do you expect to deliver from the 2008-11 Regional Housing Pot?

Answer from the Mayor:

I expect to deliver 20,000 intermediate homes from the resources within the 2008-11 Regional Housing Pot, of which, I estimate that 64% (12,800) will be newly built.


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Regional housing pot (3)

Question No: 7 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many new homes do you expect to treat under the Decent Homes programme using the 2008-11 Regional Housing Pot?

Answer from the Mayor:

None, as this funding programme improves the condition of existing, not new, homes.

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Regional housing pot (4)

Question No: 8 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How much of the Regional Housing Pot 2008-11 has so far been released to co-operative housing providers? How much do you expect to release to them in total over the 2008-11 period?

Answer from the Mayor:

As at 19 January 2010 £790,230 has been released to co-operative housing providers. The forecast is that a total of £1,249,022 will be allocated to such providers over the 2008-11 period, either to fund new homes or for major repairs or improvements to their homes.

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Co-operative housing (1)

Question No: 9 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Are co-operative homes considered to be intermediate homes, and so reported under the figures for new intermediate homes being built in London?

Answer from the Mayor:

No, co-operative homes are classified as social rent, and so are included under the number of social homes delivered in London.


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Co-operative housing (2)

Question No: 10 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many homes were built in London by co-operative housing providers for the years where this data is available?

Answer from the Mayor:

This data is not routinely collected by the Homes and Communities Agency since these housing providers deliver such a small number in any investment round.


In this financial period (2008-11) co-operative housing providers have delivered three additional homes.


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Affordable housing on public land

Question No: 11 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Further to my question 3887/2009, will you direct the LDA and TfL to consider community land trusts and mutual home ownership for every proposal to sell off and build on their land, with a presumption in favour of these models, as you suggested in your manifesto? My understanding is that they have looked at these models, but aren’t adequately prioritising the long-term affordability of housing built on their land.

Answer from the Mayor:

I would expect TfL and LDA to consider community land trusts and mutual home ownership as options for developing their land holdings in line with my housing strategy. However, these are not by any means the only options for ensuring the long-term affordability of housing built on their land.

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Electrical charging points

Question No: 12 / 2010

Jenny Jones

If Brighton and Hove Council can ensure that all their electric vehicle charging points are sourced from renewable energy, then why can’t you?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL plans to establish a framework contract in 2010 for the supply of a network of charging points.  TfL will work in partnership with the London Boroughs and other organisations to install 2500 charging points across London to establish a publically accessible charging network.  The specification for charging points for the Pan-London network is still in development and TfL has yet to consider power supply issues.


When taking into account the current UK electricity generation grid mix, electric vehicles result in 30-40% less CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel vehicles. Over time, as the amount of renewable energy increases in the generating mix of the grid, CO2 emissions from electric vehicles will fall.

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Stop and search (1)

Question No: 13 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Do you agree that it has been counter productive to have rolling designation of the whole of London as a security zone under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000?

Answer from the Mayor:

There is no intention to designate all of London as a security zone under s44 of the Terrorism Act or to have a rolling designation.


Lord Carlisle, the Government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation ensures independent challenge to the MPS regarding the use of this power. I have been informed that Section 44 powers are only deployed at pre-identified significant locations, such as iconic sites and crowded places, and when specific operations have been agreed for specific areas.

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Stop and search (2)

Question No: 14 / 2010

Jenny Jones

In light of the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the indiscriminate use of section 44 anti-terrorism stop and search powers are illegal, do you think the Government’s decision to appeal best serves the liberties and interests of Londoners?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Government needs to ensure that anti-terrorism powers are used proportionately and only for counter-terrorism related purposes.


The Met has already reviewed the use of Section 44 powers (see response to MQ15/2010). Rather than appealling, I ask Government to work with Parliament on reviewing the current legislation.

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Stop and search (3)

Question No: 15 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Further to the Metropolitan Police Service’s change to the use of Section 44 powers in July 2009, and following the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, will you press Sir Paul Stephenson to issue strict guidance banning the indiscriminate use of Section 44 powers?

Answer from the Mayor:

In his report to the 28 January 2010 meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority, the Commissioner reported that “clear and unequivocal guidance has been issued to all officers, particularly front-line staff, with a much needed emphasis placed on a discretion and common-sense approach”.


The Commissioner has committed to monitor the way this power is being used and will be reporting back to the MPA in due course.


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Commercial vehicle enforcement (1)

Question No: 16 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Are you supporting the creation of a specialist commercial vehicle enforcement team within the Metropolitan Police Service? How big will this team be and what will its annual running costs be?

Answer from the Mayor:

The MPS Traffic OCU will be establishing a Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) comprising of two teams; each of 1 Police Sergeant and 7 Police Constables. The work of the CVU will be enforcement and raising road safety awareness. Full running costs are yet to be determined in detail. I support these proposals.


Commercial vehicle enforcement (2)

Question No: 17 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will there be additional funding in 2010/11 for a commercial vehicle team in the Traffic Operational Command Unit, or will the setting up of a commercial vehicle team require cuts to other areas of work that the Traffic OCU does?

Answer from the Mayor:

The MPS Traffic OCU will be able to fund the Commercial Vehicle Unit within existing resources whilst maintaining performance in all their current areas of responsibility.


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Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (1)

Question No: 18 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Can you confirm that the Metropolitan Police Service does not promote Freight Operator Recognition Scheme membership as part of its procurement code?

Answer from the Mayor:

I am able to confirm that the MPS does not promote Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) membership as part of its procurement code.


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Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (2)

Question No: 19 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many Metropolitan Police Service contractors have at least bronze membership of the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme? How many MPS (commercial vehicle) contractors are not members of FORS?

Answer from the Mayor:

A count of companies holding bronze level or higher membership of FORS has not been undertaken.


Police databases

Question No: 20 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Can you confirm that people who have been arrested in London but found innocent will still have their records retained on other police databases even under new Government proposals to remove them from the national DNA database? Can you provide a list of relevant databases and ask the Metropolitan Police Service to review this policy?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Crime & Security Bill proposes to retain records of those arrested, but not convicted for a recordable offence, but not convicted, for fixed periods and to set out formal regulations on the process of deletion. These records can be kept on the Police National Computer and a record of the arrest be retained within the MPS Custody systems and crime reporting (CRIS) database.


The MPS applies the law as it currently stands and awaits the outcome of the current parliamentary debate and consideration of the Crime and Security Bill. Following any change in the law the MPS will then review its policy.

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Violence against women

Question No: 21 / 2010

Jenny Jones

When can we expect the Violence Against Women action plan to be published?

Answer from the Mayor:

Soon.


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Violence against women and girls panel

Question No: 22 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How did you ensure that third sector organisations, and in particular organisations that work with the survivors of violence, were aware of the opportunity and invited to apply to be members of this panel?

Answer from the Mayor:

The advertisement for third sector violence against women and girls panel members was advertised on the GLA website and on the Guardian jobs website. In addition to this, an email was circulated to all third sector organisations that participated in the violence against women consultation, this included organisations that work with survivors of violence. The advertisement also went to a number of third sector and violence against women groups and other networks who included it in their newsletters or on their websites and therefore cascaded the advertisement for panel members more widely into the voluntary sector.


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Flights and London Fashion Week

Question No: 23 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will you ensure that no LDA money is used on flights as part of next year’s International Guest Support Programme which promotes London Fashion Week?

Answer from the Mayor:

The International Guest Buyer Support Programme is a highly successful initiative. In excess of £18m of orders for businesses were generated by buyers attending London Fashion Week and participating in the Guest Buyer Support Programme in February 2009.


Because of the structure of the programme this year LDA funding will not be used on flights for the February 2010 London Fashion Week.

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