Advice for constituents of Caroline Russell AM on drafting effective questions to the Mayor Sending us suggested questions
We really welcome suggestions of questions to put to the Mayor. A lot of our best work comes from working with constituents and campaign groups.
However, we don’t have limitless resources to table every question you might like an Assembly Member to ask. It can take quite a lot of work to turn an issue into an effective question that will obtain the response or information you want. To improve your chances of getting an effective question tabled we have drawn up these guidelines.
Before drafting anything
Search the MQ database (questions.london.gov.uk) to check the question hasn’t already been asked by a different Member. Often you may find, in the course of this search, similar questions that help you to better target your question, or that your exact question has already been asked.
If you are asking about something operational to do with TfL e.g. a leaky bus stop roof, we will put this into TfL’s dedicated Members’ Correspondence system, rather than to the Mayor.
When you are drafting
Keep the question as concise as possible – as a guide, two sentences at most. Please don’t send through paragraph-long questions – we would need to cut these down, and may not always have the time to do so, meaning your question may not be tabled.
- Include a title.
- Include an aim – what campaign will this move forward? What missing data will we get?
- Please check your grammar, wording, spelling and punctuation before sending in the questions. Spell out any abbreviations and acronyms, and avoid jargon and long words where plain, short words will do.
Things to note
Questions that are party-political, libellous or offensive aren’t allowed. We won’t use questions to ‘have a go’ at the Mayor.
Identify which area of the Mayor’s powers under the GLA Act the question relates to. If you don’t know the answer, there’s a good chance we won’t be able to table it. For example, questions relating to local council issues, schools, the NHS and international affairs are unlikely to be allowed.
Make sure the question is clearly related to London – for example, “how will the police in London cope with x” or “are you concerned about the impact on London’s skills services of y”.
Deadline dates and expected response dates are below
|Date of meeting||Deadline for receipt of questions|
|20 July 2016||5 July 2016|
|14 Sept 2016||30 August 2016|
|19 Oct 2016||4 Oct 2016|
|16 Nov 2016||1 Nov 2016|
|14 Dec 2016||29 Nov 2016|
|18 Jan 2017||3 Jan 2017|
|20 Feb 2017||3 Feb 2017|
|22 Mar 2017||7 Mar 2017|