Agenda and minutes
Police and Crime Committee
Thursday 31 May 2012 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: John Johnson or Anthony Jackson; Telephone: 020 7983 4926/4894; E-mail:  john.johnson@london.gov.uk/anthony.jackson@london.gov.uk; Minicom: 020 7983 4458 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chair.

Minutes:

1.1  Apologies were received from James Cleverly AM, for whom Richard Tracey AM attended as a substitute Member, and from Fiona Twycross AM, for whom Tom Copley AM attended as a substitute Member.

2.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 60 KB

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of memberships of functional bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in the table at Item 3;

 

(b)  Note the gifts and hospitality received by Members, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register; and

 

(c)  Declare any other personal or personal prejudicial interests in specific items listed on the agenda over and above those items listed in the table at Item 2 and including any interests arising from gifts or hospitality received within the previous three years or from the date of election to the London Assembly, whichever is the later, which are not at the time of this meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality.

Minutes:

2.1  Resolved: 

 

(a)   That the relevant Assembly Members’ membership of Functional Bodies and London Borough Councils, as set out in Item 2 on the agenda, be noted and recorded as personal interests;

 

(b)  That gifts and hospitality received by Members in the previous three years, as set out on the Authority’s gifts and hospitality register be noted; and

 

(c)  That the declared personal interest of Jennette Arnold OBE AM in respect of Agenda Item 3 (Question and Answer session with the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and the Deputy Commissioner), as the former Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Trust Foundation, be noted.

3.

Question and Answer Session with the Mayor and Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Janette Roker, janette.roker@london.gov.uk, 020 7983 5845

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note, as background to the question and answer session with the Mayor and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the monthly report from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime attached at Appendix 1 to this report; and

 

(b)  Note the answers given by the Mayor and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to the questions asked by Members.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1  The Committee received the monthly report from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

 

3.2  Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, attended to answer the Committee’s questions about the work of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPC) and related issues, including recent allegations of racism against the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the response of the Commissioner and the MOPC to these allegations.

 

3.3  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 1.

 

3.4  During the discussion, the Mayor committed to provide further information to the Committee:

 

  • regarding the various reviews and actions being carried out by the MOPC, MPS and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concerning the Stephen Lawrence case and the recent issues of racism within the force, including clarification of the scope of these and details as to when any results will be drawn together, published and acted upon; and

 

  • on how the MOPC’s community impact assessments of the Stephen Lawrence case (which the Mayor confirmed would report by Autumn 2012) and cases of death following police conduct will be carried out, details of any progress to date and any updated information on the other commitments  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meetings of the Police and Crime Committee held on 8 March 2012 and 22 May 2012 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

  That the minutes of the Police and Crime Committee meeting held on 8 March 2012 and 22 May 2012 be confirmed and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

5.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  John Johnson, john.johnson@london.gov.uk, 020 7983 4926

 

The Committee is recommended to note the ongoing, outstanding and completed actions arising from previous meetings of the Committee, as listed in the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  The Committee received the Report of the Executive Director of the Secretariat.

 

5.2  Resolved:

 

The Committee noted the ongoing, outstanding and completed actions arising from previous meetings of the Committee, as listed in the report.

6.

Work Programme for the Police and Crime Committee pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Susannah Drury, susannah.drury@london.gov.uk, 020 7983 4484

 

The Committee is recommended to agree the proposed arrangements for meetings of the Committee as set out at paragraph 4.3 of the report.

Minutes:

6.1  The Committee received the Report of the Executive Director of the Secretariat.

 

6.2  Resolved:

 

  That the proposed arrangements for meetings of the Committee as set out at paragraph 4.3 of the report be noted.

7.

Confirmation Hearing for the proposed Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Anthony Jackson, anthony.jackson@london.gov.uk, 020 7983 4894

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Put questions to the Mayor’s proposed appointee for Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh; and

 

(b)  Make a recommendation, or make a decision as necessary, to the Mayor as to whether or not the nominee should be appointed to the office of Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of the Secretariat.

 

7.2  Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh, the Mayor of London’s proposed appointee for Deputy Mayor of Policing and Crime attended the meeting to receive questions from the Committee as part of the Confirmation Hearing.

 

7.3  Members noted that Councillor Greenhalgh’s CV and additional information had been circulated prior to the meeting.  Legal advice around the conduct of the Hearing was also circulated to Committee Members prior to the meeting (copy attached at Appendix 2).

 

7.4  A transcript of the Hearing is attached at Appendix 3.

 

7.5  After discussion, the Committee unanimously agreed not to object to the proposed appointment.  However Members raised several points which they agreed to outline in the decision letter from the Chair of the Committee to the Mayor, including: Councillor Greenhalgh’s acknowledgement of his lack of experience in policing matters; his undertaking to ensure transparency in the MOPC and to maintain proper lines of consultation with the public, Assembly Members and the London boroughs; and to step back from his family business responsibilities.  The Committee resolved that the wording of the Chair’s letter to the Mayor be agreed in consultation with the Deputy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 14 June 2012 at 2.30pm in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

8.1  The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 14 June 2012 at 2.00pm, in the Chamber at City Hall.

9.

Any Other Business the Chair considers Urgent

Minutes:

9.1  There were no items of additional business.

10.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

10.1   The meeting ended at 1.27pm.

 

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