'SmartWater' ink (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You will recall in relation to this, Mr Mayor, that at the last meeting I raised the subject of sound cannon and I drew your attention to the fact that sound cannon had been deployed during the Olympics.  You, unusually, expressed the opinion that this was something you knew nothing of.  I wonder whether or not you would, whilst you are looking at the SmartWater option or indeed any other option for crowd control, look to see what the effect is of sound cannon, particularly in relation to the point I made as to how cheap the implementation or the acquisition of sound cannon would be.  You have already told us in our discussion of water cannon earlier today that a great many major cities already have this as part of their arsenal.  Similarly, many major cities have sound cannon as part of their arsenal. 


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Answer for 'SmartWater' ink (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for 'SmartWater' ink (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Is this some sort of April fool?


Tony Arbour AM:  If it was an April fool, Mr Mayor, why on earth was a substantial sum of public money invested in this during the Olympics to have sound cannon on barges outside this building and in the Olympic area.


Jennette Arnold OBE AM:  Where?  Who used sound cannon?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Tony, I am going to apologise to you very sincerely because you did raise this last time when I was sitting here with the Commissioner, and both the Commissioner and I were completely flummoxed by what you said.  The truth is that in the interval it has just slipped my mind to equate myself of the facts.  I do not know what you are talking about.  I am very, very sorry.  I am going to have to find out about the sound cannon, if they existed and whether they are any use.   


Darren Johnson AM (Chair):  I did check the transcript of that meeting as Chair and the Mayor’s response was that we do not need sound cannon when we have Jenny [Jones], in case you missed that.  We will move on anyway to the next question.