Greater London Authority Act 2007

Document Number:2007 CHAPTER 24
 
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An Act to make further provision with respect to the Greater London Authority; to amend the Greater London Authority Act 1999; to make further provision with respect to the functional bodies, within the meaning of that Act, and the Museum of London; and for connected purposes.

[23 rd October 2007]

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Part 1 General functions of the Authority

Payments on loss of office

1 Payments on ceasing to hold office as Mayor or Assembly member

(1) After section 26 of the GLA Act 1999 (pensions) insert—

“26 APayments on ceasing to hold office

(1) The Authority may establish and administer such schemes as it may from time to time determine for the making of payments to or in respect of persons on their ceasing to hold office as the Mayor or as an Assembly member.

(2) The power conferred by subsection (1) above includes power to make different provision for different cases.

(3) The Authority’s functions under subsection (1) above are exercisable by the Mayor and the Assembly acting jointly on behalf of the Authority.

(4) The standing orders of the Assembly must include provision for the publication of every determination under this section.

(5) A determination under this section does not affect benefits in payment under this section before the making of the determination.”.

(2) In section 27 of the GLA Act 1999 (publication of information relating to sums paid under sections 24 and 26) for “and 26” substitute “, 26 and 26 A”.

(3) In consequence of the amendments made by this section, the italic heading preceding section 24 of the GLA Act 1999 becomes “Salaries, expenses, pensions and other payments”.

The Mayor’s strategies

2 Consultation

(1) In section 42 of the GLA Act 1999 (consultation) for subsection (5) (duty to consult Assembly and functional bodies first) substitute—

“(5) Section 42 A below supplements subsection (1) above (but see subsection (6) below).”.

(2) After section 42 of the GLA Act 1999 insert—

“42 AConsultation: supplementary provision

(1) This section supplements section 42(1) above.

(2) The Mayor must consult the Assembly and the functional bodies under section 42(1)(a) and (b) above before consulting other bodies or persons under section 42(1)(c) to (e) above.

(3) The Mayor must have regard to any comments submitted to him in response by the Assembly or any of the functional bodies.

(4) Before consulting under section 42(1)(c) to (e) above, the Mayor must—

(a) prepare a statement in accordance with the following provisions of this section, and

(b) submit that statement to the Chair of the Assembly.

(5) The statement must—

(a) identify which of the comments submitted by the Assembly are accepted by the Mayor for implementation in the strategy, and

(b) set out the reasons why any comments so submitted are not so accepted.

(6) The statement must be in writing.”.

(3) In section 376 of the GLA Act 1999 (the Mayor’s culture strategy) in subsection (8)(b) (which refers to section 42(5)) for “reference in subsection (5) of that section” substitute “references in subsections (2) and (3) of section 42 A above”.

The Assembly

3 The Mayor’s periodic report to the Assembly

(1) Section 45 of the GLA Act 1999 (the Mayor’s periodic report to the Assembly) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1) (which requires the Mayor to submit a report at least three days before the first, and each monthly, meeting of the Assembly) for “three”, in both places, substitute “5”.

4 Confirmation hearings etc for certain appointments by the Mayor

(1) After section 60 of the GLA Act 1999 (general functions of the Assembly: proposals to the Mayor) insert—

“60 AConfirmation hearings etc for certain appointments by the Mayor

(1) Schedule 4 A to this Act (confirmation hearings etc) has effect in any case where this section applies.

(2) This section applies in any case where the Mayor proposes to make an appointment to any of the offices specified in subsection (3) below.

(3) The offices are—

chairman, or deputy chairman, of Transport for London (see section 154 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 10);

chairman, or deputy chairman, of the London Development Agency (see section 2 of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998 , as amended by section 304 below);

chairman, or vice chairman, of the Metropolitan Police Authority (but see subsection (4) below);

chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (see section 328 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 28);

chair of the Cultural Strategy Group (see section 375 and paragraph 3 of Schedule 30);

chairman, or deputy chairman, of the London Pensions Fund Authority (see section 403).

(4) Any reference in subsection (3) above to the chairman, or vice chairman, of the Metropolitan Police Authority has effect only in relation to appointments falling to be made after the function of making the appointment has become a function of the Mayor.

(5) The Secretary of State may by order amend this section for the purpose of specifying further offices in subsection (3) above.

(6) The Secretary of State must consult—

(a) the Mayor, and

(b) the Assembly,

before making an order under subsection (5) above.”.

(2) After Schedule 4 to the GLA Act 1999 insert the Schedule 4 A set out in Schedule 1 to this Act.

(3) In section 420 of the GLA Act 1999 (regulations and orders) in the list of provisions in subsection (8) (orders subject to negative resolution Parliamentary procedure) insert each of the following at the appropriate place—

“section 60 A(5);”;

“paragraph 8(2) of Schedule 4 A;”.

5 Power to require attendance at Assembly meetings: time limits

(1) Section 61 of the GLA Act 1999 (power to require attendance at Assembly meetings) is amended as follows.

(2) In each of the provisions specified in subsection (3) below (which describe persons who may be required to attend, and which mention a period of three years prior to the date of the requirement) for “three years” substitute “8 years”.

(3) The provisions are—

(a) subsection (2)(c) (chairman or member of functional body within that period);

(b) subsection (3)(a) and (b) (persons, or members or staff of bodies, that had contractual relationships with the Authority within that period);

(c) subsection (4)(a) and (b) (persons, or members or staff of bodies, that received grants from the Authority within that period);

(d) subsection (5)(b) and (c) (persons who have been Assembly members or Mayor within that period).

6 Annual report by the Assembly

After section 65 of the GLA Act 1999 insert—

“Annual report

65 AAnnual report by the Assembly

(1) As soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each financial year the Assembly shall prepare a report on the exercise of its functions during the year (an “annual report”).

(2) An annual report shall include a statement of what the Assembly considers that it has achieved during the year.

(3) As soon as reasonably practicable after preparing an annual report, the Assembly —

(a) shall send a copy of the report to the Mayor, and

(b) when it has done that, shall publish the report.

(4) A copy of the annual report sent to the Mayor shall be kept available for the appropriate period by the Assembly for inspection by any person on request free of charge at the principal offices of the Authority at reasonable hours.

(5) A copy of the annual report sent to the Mayor, or any part of that report, shall be supplied to any person on request during the appropriate period for such reasonable fee as the Assembly may determine.

(6) In this section “the appropriate period” in the case of an annual report is the period of six years beginning with the date of publication of that report pursuant to this section.”.

Officers and staff

7 Staff appointed under section 67(2) of the GLA Act 1999

(1) In section 67 of the GLA Act 1999 (appointment of staff) for subsection (2) substitute—

“(2) The head of the Authority’s paid service, after consultation with the Mayor and the Assembly, and having regard, in particular, to—

(a) the resources available, and

(b) the priorities of the Authority,

may appoint such staff as he considers necessary for the proper discharge of the functions of the Authority.”.

(2) In section 70(2) of the GLA Act 1999 (terms and conditions of employment of persons appointed under section 67(2)) for “as the Assembly, after consultation with the Mayor, thinks fit” substitute “as the head of the Authority’s paid service, after consultation with the Mayor and the Assembly, thinks fit”.

(3) In section 72(5)(a) of the GLA Act 1999 (head of paid service: discharge of duty as to provision of staff) for “shall be discharged by the Assembly” substitute “shall be discharged by the head of the Authority’s paid service after consultation with the Mayor and the Assembly”.

(4) In section 73(5)(a) of the GLA Act 1999 (monitoring officer: discharge of duty as to provision of staff) for “shall be discharged by the Assembly” substitute “shall be discharged by the head of the Authority’s paid service after consultation with the Mayor and the Assembly”.

(5) Where this section amends any provision relating to the appointment of a person as a member of the staff of the Authority, appointments made under that provision before the commencement day and in force on that day have effect on and after that day as if made under the provision as amended.

(6) Where this section amends any provision relating to the terms and conditions of employment of any such person, the terms and conditions of employment of the person that are in force on the commencement day have effect on and after that day as if imposed under the provision as amended.

(7) In this section “the commencement day” means the day on which the amendment in question comes into force.

8 Head of paid service

(1) Section 72 of the GLA Act 1999 (head of paid service) is...

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