Water Cannon

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to Question No: 2017/3300:

What is the present position over the disposal of the water cannon? How much has been spent on the maintenance and storage since their purchase and what is the annual cost of maintenance and storage? Has consideration been given to 'cutting the losses' and scrapping them?

Your response being:

'The water cannon remain available for sale via the Ministry of Defence (MOD) which is helping to find the highest and most reputable buyer from a European policing or civil protection organisation, according to conditions set by the German Federal Police. We will only permit a sale to a buyer who meets the most rigorous ethical standards, to ensure the water cannon are not in any way misused in the future.

Buying, modifying, evaluating and maintaining the vehicles cost £322,834.71 under the previous Mayor.  Since they were put up for sale, the cannon have incurred no further storage or maintenance costs, and no training with the vehicles has been undertaken.

If a suitable purchaser cannot be found, we will have no other option but to scrap the vehicles. It beggars belief that, because the previous Mayor rashly purchased them before he even had permission to use them, such a huge amount of taxpayers' money has been wasted on these redundant machines.'

How many expressions of interest from 'a European policing or civil protection organisation' have there been; are there any current negotiations that have any realistic prospect of success; and if there is no realistic prospect of their sale for a reasonable price, when will a decision be taken to scrap them?


Answer for Water Cannon

Answer for Water Cannon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The water cannons remain available for sale via the Ministry of Defence and this will be kept under review. While this remains the case, we will not be able to comment on interest received given the need to ensure commercial confidentiality and maximise the receipts of any sale that can be redirected towards youth projects.