Royal Parks stay in mayor's remit

London's Royal Parks are still expected to come under the control of mayor Boris Johnson despite the move not being included in the Queen's Speech on priorities for the forthcoming Parliamentary year last month.

The pre-election Conservative manifesto planned for the eight parks to be handed over to increase local accountability. The Royal Parks would be run as an arm's-length body in the same way as Transport for London. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) would keep reserve powers.

A DCMS representative said: "This was government policy when in opposition. It will require primary legislation and was not mentioned in the Queen's Speech. It won't happen particularly quickly if it is to be taken forward."

He added that the change may simply require some clauses added to another clause. The DCMS said it expected Royal Parks funding to still come from the Government.

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