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Consultation.     34. - (1) In preparing or revising any strategy to which this section applies the Mayor shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Assembly,
 
    (b) the functional bodies,
 
    (c) each London borough council,
 
    (d) the Common Council, and
 
    (e) any other body or person whom he considers it appropriate to consult.
      (2) In determining what consultation (if any) is appropriate under subsection (1)(e) above, the bodies which, and persons whom, the Mayor considers consulting must include bodies of each of the descriptions specified in section 27(3) above.
 
      (3) The strategies to which this section applies are those mentioned in section 33(1) above, other than the spatial development strategy (for which separate provision as to consultation and other aspects of public participation is made by Part VIII below).
 
      (4) Subsection (1) above is without prejudice to any other duty imposed on the Mayor in relation to consultation.
 
      (5) In discharging the duty under subsection (1) above, the Mayor shall consult the Assembly and the functional bodies before consulting the other bodies or persons mentioned in subsection (1)(c) to (e) above.
 
      (6) In any case where-
 
 
    (a) the Mayor proposes to revise any of the strategies to which this section applies, and
 
    (b) he considers that the proposed revisions will not materially alter the strategy in question,
  the Mayor is not required to carry out consultation in accordance with this section.
 
Publicity and availability of strategies.     35. - (1) The Mayor shall take such steps as in his opinion will give adequate publicity to each strategy to which section 34 above applies.
 
      (2) A copy of each strategy mentioned in section 33(1) above shall be kept available for the appropriate period by the Mayor for inspection by any person on request free of charge at the principal offices of the Authority at reasonable hours.
 
      (3) A copy of each such strategy, or any part of such a strategy, shall be supplied to any person on request during the appropriate period for such reasonable fee as the Mayor may determine.
 
      (4) In this section "the appropriate period" in the case of any strategy is the period of six years beginning with the date of publication of the strategy.
 
Directions by the Secretary of State.     36. - (1) In relation to each strategy mentioned in section 33(1) above, where the Mayor has not published the strategy and the Secretary of State considers that the Mayor is not taking such steps as are necessary to prepare the strategy, he may issue a direction to the Mayor under subsection (2) below.
 
      (2) A direction under this subsection may direct the Mayor to prepare and publish the strategy within such period as the direction shall specify.
 
      (3) Where the Secretary of State issues a direction to the Mayor under subsection (1) above, the Mayor shall comply with the direction.
 
 
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.
 
      (5) A copy of the annual report sent to the Assembly shall be kept available for the appropriate period by the Mayor for inspection by any person on request free of charge at the principal offices of the Authority at reasonable hours.
 
      (6) A copy of the annual report sent to the Assembly, or any part of that report, shall be supplied to any person on request during the appropriate period for such reasonable fee as the Mayor may determine.
 
      (7) 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.
 
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.
 
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