HC Deb 19 July 1993 vol 229 cc64-5W
Mr. Straw

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the policy developments relating to London since August 1992.

Mr. Gummer

We have carried through the policy initiatives set out in our general election manifesto. The Cabinet sub-committee on London— EDL(1)— continues to co-ordinate Government policy on London and to take a strategic view of the impact of all our policies on the capital. We have convened the London Forum to promote London internationally as a centre for business, tourism and culture. This private sector body was launched formally on 29 March and is now developing its promotional plans. The transport working group chaired by the Minister for Transport in London has met on three occasions since August 1992 to discuss the co-ordination of public transport in London.

Together, these initiatives will help to maintain and enhance London's position as a thriving national capital and leading world city. I am currently taking this forward by seeking the views of Londoners and their representative groups on the capital so that we can build on our successes and enhance our reputation.