To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written statement by Baroness Hanham on 7 March (WS 144-5) about the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, why they did not include the London Borough of Tower Hamlets among the London boroughs to which the Corporation's planning functions will be returned from 1 April 2011.
The Government have decided that the transfer of the functions of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation to other bodies, as described in the Arm's-Length Body Review, should take place in two phases.
The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation Planning Functions (Amendment) Order 2011 gives effect to the first phase and transfers planning functions from the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation in the area known as London Riverside to the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Newham. The London Riverside area is not within the boundary of the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Decisions on the way forward in other parts of the corporation's area, including that within Tower Hamlets, will be taken in due course, once the Mayor of London has decided whether to establish a Mayoral Development Corporation in part of the area, on which he is currently consulting.