Kit Malthouse (AM): Mr Mayor, while I applaud my colleagues' endeavours over cautions and looking at Metropolitan Police Service data over the last few years. Would you also agree with me that while it is dangerous to talk in absolute numbers, it is often dangerous to talk in average percentages and that actually there may be characteristics of London which mean that an average percentage sanction detection rate is also deceptive? For instance, Mr Mayor, if you looked at homicide as a crime, I think you would find that the Metropolitan Police Service's sanction detection rate is well up into the 90s. There are other areas where the Metropolitan Police Service excels in the work that it does and is the world standard in terms of detection.
Would you also agree that there are characteristics in London that lead to a lower average that may also be deceptive? For instance, the Metropolitan Police Service has national responsibilities that it undertakes and crimes that take place in other parts of the country are reported in London and counted in the Metropolitan Police Service figures. I will give you a high-profile example at the moment: the Savile investigation. These are offences that were committed across the entire nation, not just in London, and will count in the Metropolitan Police Service's sanction detection numbers. Similarly, any crimes reported under counterterrorism would count in the Metropolitan Police Service's figures and any other national response, not least fraud and cybercrime where the Metropolitan Police Service leads nationally, will also be reported in London and counted in our numbers. It might be worth breaking out the various sanction detection rates across crime types to see what the true picture actually is. There are also, obviously, I hope you will agree, the large number of visitors that we have, people who come and are sadly subject to crime but then return to their country and therefore cannot give further evidence that may be required in the investigation of a crime and may also result in no further action on crimes because tourists just simply are not here, having had their phone taken.
I guess my question is would you agree that it is deceptive to deal in an average percentage across such a huge organisation with national responsibilities and a massive number of visitors to a city?