Joanne McCartney AM: Mr Mayor, I want, if I can, to return to issues of policing, counterterrorism and security.
Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London): Sure.
Joanne McCartney AM: The events in Paris bring home the importance of having an effective police and security service response. Over the last couple of years, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has talked about the step-change in counterterrorism as a result of events in Syria in particular. You have talked about perhaps the police needing to review and enhance tactics as a result of Paris, particularly with regards to the range of weaponry used and also the number of venues that were involved.
Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London): That is exactly right.
Joanne McCartney AM: That is quite right: a reassessment of what is needed and our capacity to respond is going to be vital.
The Commissioner [of Police of the Metropolis, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM] said again yesterday that having resilience of at least 32,000 police officers was vital and he also talked about the need to increase the number of firearms officers in the city. You talked about that as well yesterday. However, of course, in order to do that, we need to have the resources to do it. We have traded ripostes in this Chamber about whether we have adequate police funding or not, but I think we are united in this: that the Government needs to rethink its planned cuts to the MPS’s police service.
In the last few days, have you had renewed talks with the Home Secretary [The Rt Hon Theresa May MP] and the Lord Chancellor [The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP]? Are you confident that they will be reviewing and, hopefully, reassessing their plans on expected cuts?