London's record on monitoring child sex offenders

MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The MPS has lost track of more convicted child sex offenders who had signed onto the sex offenders' register than any other UK force (with 40 missing, compared to the force with the second highest number missing, which has lost seven) . The Mayor has previously led the way nationally with its approach to VAWG. Is it time for London to lead the way in changing the way they monitor convicted paedophiles?


Answer for London's record on monitoring child sex offenders

Answer for London's record on monitoring child sex offenders

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you, Victoria. This is obviously a difficult area where the police have to be extremely vigilant. The Metropolitan Police Service monitors approximately 10% of the total of sex offenders in this country, which I suppose in this country is actually a little under the rate you would expect per capita for London. We have made inquires, there is a very small percentage - 0.5% - of that number is unaccounted for. This is because, the police believe, they have gone overseas to avoid the UK's stringent monitoring processes.

Victoria Borwick (AM): That is fine, Mr Mayor, but the concern is that obviously, as you say, criminals do not necessarily respect either London boundaries or country boundaries or national boundaries. If we in London think that we have lost, I believe 40 registered child sex offenders, that is obviously of concern. Therefore, I hope that you will join with me in asking the Metropolitan Police Service to look at how we can get all the various agencies involved with this to work better. We are talking about the Ministry of Justice here, London Probation Trust, the Her Majesty's Prison Service, the Parole Board and other services. In the same way as we talk about meat having to go through too many agencies before it arrives on our plate, we do not want so many agencies involved. Actually we do, I think, need to see a lead agency here in order that we can keep Londoners safe. That is really our concern.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes. MOPAC is actually leading an operation to make sure that we bring all these bodies together and that the police have a very, very clear idea of the whereabouts of these individuals and they are properly monitored. I cannot, for confidentiality reasons go into the numbers, but they are pretty low. I think slightly lower, in fact, than you mentioned.

Victoria Borwick (AM): We only have the figures from what the police give us. Thank you.