Counter Terrorism Database

MQT on 2015-12-16
Session date: 
December 16, 2015
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A report by the National Audit Office claims that a counter-terrorism database designed to prevent criminals and extremists from sneaking into Britain breaks down twice a week. What conversations have the Metropolitan Police Service had with the Home Office to ensure that vital information on potentially dangerous people entering Britain is retained in the event of the database crashing?


Answer for Counter Terrorism Database

Answer for Counter Terrorism Database

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC and the MPS fully recognise the risk that is identified in this question. Ensuring that operational officers have the best information available to enable them to make informed decisions is critical.  With regard to the Counter-terrorist database, be assured that the Metropolitan Police Service has an open and productive dialogue with the Home Office on all issues, and in particular, high importance is placed on the efficient working of such vital systems.

Clearly, it would not be appropriate for MOPAC or the MPS to comment specifically about the operational working of a Home Office computer system.