§ Harry Cohen
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the activities and performance of the Government Office for London over the past six months.
§ Mrs. Roche
The mission of the Government Office for London (GOL) is to make London a better place by working with partner organisations to promote the Government's policies and achievement of their planned outcomes. GOL delivers policies and programmes for six Departments with a programme budget of over £2 billion in 2001–02. Its main activities are neighbourhood renewal, planning, skills and education, enterprise, sustainable development, housing, crime and community safety and culture. It is also a main liaison point with the Greater London Authority.46W
Some examples of what GOL has done in the past six months include the establishing of a Youth Crime team working in partnership of a Youth Crime team working in partnership with the police and boroughs to tackle youth crime and victimisation in 10 London boroughs; administration of nearly £600 million of European funds to 2006; and the launch of two Connexions Partnerships, to deliver services to young people in north and south London.
GOL is currently undertaking its mid-year review so I am unable to furnish my hon. Friend with details of performance for the past six months. However, a report on GOL's performance for the previous financial year is available in its annual review 2000–01 which is in the Library or accessible from GOL's website http//:www.go-london.gov.uk.