Alcohol Ban on London Underground

MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Barnbrook
British National Party
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following on from the recent banning of alcohol consumption on the London Underground will the Mayor state whether or not he has similar plans for eradicating the irresponsible use of alcohol and drugs on London's streets and will he demand that the police take a zero tolerance approach to the use of illegal drugs in public?


Answer for Alcohol Ban on London Underground

Answer for Alcohol Ban on London Underground

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My focus is to get more police officers out on patrol providing reassurance to make public spaces and streets safer for everyone. Where a crime has been committed the police will take action. The police work with local authorities and other partners to tackle irresponsible use of alcohol. Alcohol is not illegal, education as well as enforcement plays a part with licensees, parents and young people as well as the wider public. I also anticipate the increased focus on local crime statistics that I am promoting will help identify problem areas for alcohol misuse, which can then focus on. Illegal drugs and tackling drug markets is a priority for the MPS. Drug dealing and drug using is extremely mobile. The police rely on Londoners to report concerns and residents can contact their Safer Neighbourhood Team or the 999 emergency number. The MPS undertakes targeted work to address alcohol and drug issues. During June police traffic officers will be out in force combating the seasonal increase in drink and drug driving offences.