Water Cannon

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you come to a decision about whether to fund water cannon for London?


Answer for Water Cannon

Answer for Water Cannon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes. I have carefully considered the responses to the consultation and extensive poll and have concluded that Londoners support the use of water cannon in limited situations of extreme public disorder.

The Commissioner has assured me that they will be rarely seen and rarely used and not routinely used to respond to public protest.

I have written to the Home Secretary setting out my support for the Commissioner's position and it is now up to her to decide whether to agree with the police request to licence water cannon on the UK mainland.