Mr Mayor, you say they are minor changes. I do not understand what the rush is, then, in the way you have introduced these proposals. Why can there not be consultation? I am neither for nor against what you are trying to do, but there are other options. It seems to me that this is a good time to reflect about this important piece of work in terms of both preparation and, response to various civil contingencies and emergencies we may face.
I do not understand why you are not talking to London boroughs about it. I do not understand why you do not have opportunities between the Fire Service or the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) or even the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in some of that co-ordinating role, because of some of the changes being proposed long-term. I do not understand. What is the rush? Why is it done this way in your name? That is what leads to a suspicion that it is not just a minor change and there are some other issues. It is about the central focus of this work. This is work that has been raised by this Assembly in the past about maintaining that and making sure there is some political control over that.