4After section 11 there shall be inserted—E+W+S+N.I.
“11A Greater London Authority: consideration of reports and recommendations.
(1)This section applies where—
(a)a report under section 8, or
(b)any written recommendation within subsection (3) of section 11,
is sent to the Greater London Authority in connection with the audit of its accounts.
(2)The Mayor shall consider the report or recommendation preparatory to making the decisions under subsection (6).
(3)The Assembly shall consider the report or recommendation at a meeting.
(4)At that meeting the Assembly shall decide what recommendations to make to the Mayor as to the decisions to be made under subsection (6).
(5)The Mayor must attend the meeting.
(6)After the meeting, the Mayor shall decide—
(a)whether the report requires the Authority to take any action or whether the recommendation is to be accepted; and
(b)what (if any) action to take in response to the report or recommendation.
(7)In making any decision under subsection (6), the Mayor shall take account of any recommendations made by the Assembly pursuant to subsection (4).
(8)The duties imposed on the Mayor and Assembly by subsections (2) to (6) must be performed before the end of the period of four months beginning with the day on which the report or recommendation was sent to the Authority.
(9)If an auditor is satisfied that it is reasonable to allow more time for the performance of those duties in relation to a report or recommendation, he may, in relation to that report or recommendation, extend the period of four months mentioned in subsection (8).
(10)A period may be extended under subsection (9) whether or not it has already been extended under that subsection once or more than once.
(11)Any functions of the Mayor under this section must be exercised by the Mayor personally.
(12)Section 54 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (discharge of Assembly functions by committees etc) shall not apply in relation to any function of the Assembly under this section.
(13)Subsection (9) of section 11 applies in relation to this section as it applies in relation to that section.
(14)In this section—
“the Assembly” means the London Assembly;
“the Authority” means the Greater London Authority;
“the Mayor” means the Mayor of London.”