Fatal Fire, Camden Road (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Gareth Bacon AM:  Andrew Dismore has just referred to the 13 appliances that have been held for the contingency cover for more than the last two years.  Of course, this predates LSP5.  The 13 appliances that he is referring to have been off the run since before LSP5.  If they were to be withdrawn permanently, Mr Mayor, it would not be affecting the frontline service and so you would not be breaking your promise under LSP5, as he well knows. 

He also knows, Mr Mayor, that no decision has been taken on the 13 appliances because he chairs the [LFEPA] Resources Committee where it was debated at length last year.  What he also knows is that the recommendation, should it come, to withdraw the 13 appliances will come from the Fire Commissioner and his expert judgment will be used in order to make that recommendation.

That notwithstanding, Andrew Dismore has made a number of statements and allegations regarding the unfortunate incident where the gentleman died.  Do you share my very great unease that a Labour politician would be making statements like that in advance of the inquest actually taking place?  If you do ‑‑

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Answer for Fatal Fire, Camden Road (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Fatal Fire, Camden Road (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I do.  It is very regrettable but not untypical and I have said what I have had to say.  I do pay tribute to the London Fire Brigade and what it has done in continually reducing both fires and deaths from fire.  That is something, by the way, that disproportionately benefits people on low incomes, who are disproportionately the victims of fire.

Gareth Bacon AM:  Thank you.