Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, I hope you would agree with me that any decisions around closures or otherwise of police stations should be based on evidence. So also should be the participation or otherwise of Assembly Members in particular campaigns around particular police stations. On that basis, will you give us all the evidence again and send every Assembly Member a copy of the footfall survey that was conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service around every single front counter, which might illustrate that Hampstead Police Station, for instance, I think from memory - I may be wrong - was getting an average of three visitors in every 24-hour period and was costing something like £90,000 a year just to maintain the building, never mind keep it open? Will you send us all a copy of the footfall survey?

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Answer for Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Metropolitan Police Budget (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I cannot confirm those footfall figures for that particular police station, but I think your general point is well understood.

Kit Malthouse (AM): Can we have a copy of the survey circulated to everyone?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Labour Members and opposition Members generally have got to try and attack where they can. That is their constitutional duty. I do urge them in this matter to think of the logic, look at the position and do what is in the best interests of London.

Kit Malthouse (AM): But can we have a copy of the survey sent out?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes, I do not see why not. Absolutely.

Kit Malthouse (AM): There was a public document some time ago to remind everybody. Would you also be willing to give us --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Perhaps you could give a seminar on the survey to the Labour Members?

Kit Malthouse (AM): I am sure the MPS would be happy to give a briefing to the PCC or indeed other Members who want to participate around this. Could you also send up separate information that would show the change in pattern and method of reporting crime that has taken place over the last ten years which would illustrate the massive reduction in the reporting of crime at front counters and the enormous increase of reporting of crime online and by telephone?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): That would also be, I think, helpful to inform the debate generally and amongst colleagues here in this horseshoe. Yes. Let us have the argument in public, get the facts out there; let people understand.

I accept the argument, by the way, that there can be physical reassurance in structures. I accept that and the argument is made about fire stations. We will come to that later, I am sure, and hospitals. I accept all those arguments. However there is a limit in that logic. When you look at the proposals and you look at what is actually happening in London at the moment, I think that there is an opportunity to make the case to commonsensical people about the best way forward and I hope the Labour Members will join that.

Kit Malthouse (AM): Thank you.