Security on Public Transport (Supplementary) [16]

Session date: 
April 17, 2006
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You need to put yourself in the shoes of people who feel they are being picked on, do you not? The evidence from stop and search is that black people are 6.4 times more likely to be stopped and Asian people twice as likely as white people to be stopped. Are we going to see a similar pattern on these `stop and scan' facilities at Tubes?


Answer for Security on Public Transport (Supplementary) [16]

Answer for Security on Public Transport (Supplementary) [16]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are some realistic assessments people have to make. I would not be surprised if the average police officer decides that a 65-year-old granny with a Waitrose shopping bag is not worth putting through the scanner. You make some realistic assumptions and that narrows down the group you are looking for, and therefore that will be reflected in the figures. I have to say, I have spent the last 35 years feeling I had been picked upon, mainly by most of you and your predecessors in other quarters. It is just part of life.