Greater London Authority Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART II, GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND PROCEDURE - continued

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Public accountability
The Mayor's monthly report to the Assembly.     37. - (1) The Mayor shall not later than three days before the first meeting of the Assembly held pursuant to subsection (2) of section 44 below, and thereafter not later than three days before each subsequent meeting of the Assembly held pursuant to that subsection, submit a written report to the Assembly.
 
      (2) A report required to be submitted by the Mayor under subsection (1) above shall relate to the period since the submission of the previous report or, in the case of the first such report, to the period since the first ordinary election and shall include-
 
 
    (a) notification of decisions taken by the Mayor which he considers to be of significance,
 
    (b) the reasons for which the Mayor took the decisions mentioned in paragraph (a) above, and
 
    (c) the response of the Mayor to proposals submitted by the Assembly under section 50 below.
      (3) The Mayor shall attend every meeting of the Assembly held pursuant to section 44(2) below and shall, subject to subsection (4) below, answer questions put to him at any such meeting by Assembly members about matters in relation to which statutory functions are exercisable by him.
 
      (4) The duty of the Mayor under subsection (3) above shall not require him to disclose advice received by him from a person appointed under section 56(1) or (2) below.
 
Annual report by the Mayor.     38. - (1) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year the Mayor shall prepare a report on the exercise by him of statutory functions during the year (an "annual report").
 
      (2) An annual report shall include-
 
 
    (a) an assessment of the Mayor's progress in implementing the strategies required to be prepared and published by him under this Act or under section 7A(2) of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998,
 
    (b) a summary of information which relates to the Authority's performance of its statutory functions and which the Authority is required to publish under or by virtue of any enactment, and
 
    (c) information of such descriptions as the Assembly, prior to the beginning of the financial year to which the annual report relates, has notified to the Mayor that it wishes to be included in the annual report.
      (3) As soon as practicable after preparing an annual report, the Mayor-
 
 
    (a) shall send a copy of the report to the Assembly; and
 
    (b) shall publish the report.
      (4) The annual report shall not be published until after the Mayor has sent a copy to the Assembly pursuant to subsection (3)(a) above.
 
The annual State of London debate.     39. - (1) The Mayor shall once in every financial year hold and attend a meeting which is to be open to all members of the public, to be known as a "State of London debate".
 
      (2) A State of London debate shall be held on a date to be determined by the Mayor-
 
 
    (a) during April, May or June in each successive period of twelve months beginning with 1st April 2001, and
 
    (b) at least 7 days after the publication under section 38 above of the annual report relating to the financial year last ended.
      (3) At least one month prior to the date on which the State of London debate is to be held, the Mayor-
 
 
    (a) shall determine the place at which the meeting is to be held; and
 
    (b) shall take such steps as will in his opinion give adequate notice of the date and place of the meeting to members of the public.
People's Question Time.     40. - (1) The Mayor and the Assembly shall twice in every financial year hold and attend a meeting which is to be open to all members of the public, to be known as a "People's Question Time".
 
      (2) A People's Question Time shall be held on a date to be determined by the Mayor and the Assembly, but which is not less than-
 
 
    (a) one month before, or
 
    (b) one month after,
  a State of London debate held pursuant to section 39(1) above.
 
      (3) At least one month prior to the date on which each People's Question Time is to be held, the Mayor-
 
 
    (a) shall determine the place at which the meeting is to be held; and
 
    (b) shall take such steps as will in his opinion give adequate notice of the date and place of the meeting to members of the public.
 
Deputy Mayor
The Deputy Mayor.     41. - (1) There shall be a Deputy Mayor of London ("the Deputy Mayor").
 
      (2) The Deputy Mayor shall have such functions as may be conferred or imposed upon him by or under this Act or any other enactment, whenever passed or made.
 
      (3) The Deputy Mayor shall be appointed by the Mayor from among the Assembly members.
 
      (4) A person must not hold the offices of Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Assembly at the same time.
 
      (5) If the Mayor appoints as Deputy Mayor the person who is the Chair of the Assembly, a vacancy shall arise in the office of Chair of the Assembly.
 
      (6) Subsections (4) and (5) above apply in relation to the Deputy Chair of the Assembly as they apply in relation to the Chair of the Assembly.
 
      (7) A person appointed Deputy Mayor shall not act in that office unless or until he has satisfied in respect of his office as an Assembly member the requirements of section 23(1) above.
 
      (8) A person shall cease to be the Deputy Mayor if-
 
 
    (a) he ceases to be an Assembly member;
 
    (b) he at any time gives notice of resignation as the Deputy Mayor to the proper officer of the Authority; or
 
    (c) the Mayor at any time gives him notice terminating his appointment as Deputy Mayor.
      (9) A person who ceases to be Deputy Mayor shall be eligible for reappointment.
 
 
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