Value for Money (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, your comments on policing all sound very good and on the face of it would be welcomed by people in my constituency, but we can remember the last question time when you supported the decision not to open Wanstead Police Station or Woodford Police Station because of a lack of police numbers. And we do know that, although you've recruited all those extra police officers, very few of them indeed have gone to Redbridge and none of them have gone to Havering. Do people in Outer London boroughs really get value for money from their precept charge for police that you have made on them?

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Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Well, it's not a question of whether I support what the MPA and the MPS are doing. My only power is to set the budget. It is the Assembly that determines the composition of the MPA and the nominations that you send me; I do no more than rubber stamp. It's up to your representatives on the MPA if they're not happy with the way it's going to raise those issues there. It's no good coming here every month and saying, "Do I agree with what the MPA is doing?" as though there isn't a Conservative member on the MPA. You've got to fight your case for your area, as other members do on the MPA.

I would like to have the powers that the Mayor of New York has to allocate resources. I think that should be somebody who's democratically accountable. That's not the system we currently have, but there's a very good working relationship between the Commissioner and Toby and myself, setting objectives, tightening up the incredible waste in the Met. Let's bear in mind we had 18 years of a Tory government in which nothing was done to tackle waste in the Met. We have started to do that in the last two years and we've identified tens of millions of waste, which will be redirected into frontline policing.