Use of Water Cannon

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At Mayor's Question Time on the 22nd May 2013 you said in answer to questioning about water cannon that 'I cannot believe for one second that any Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service would dream of using water cannon on the streets of London without having the sanction of the Mayor.' However in a letter to me the following day you said 'The actual use of [water cannon] would be formally at the discretion of the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.' Can you please clarify for Londoners, in the event that water cannon is authorised for London who will have the final word over its use on our streets?


Answer for Use of Water Cannon

Answer for Use of Water Cannon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 9 July 2013.

In my letter to you on 23rd May, having noted that operational use would be at the discretion of the Commissioner, I went on to state that I could 'foresee very few occasions when water cannon would be used in London and non where it would be used without my agreement.'