Tackling Crime (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
November 1, 2018
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Steve O’Connell AM:  Just very briefly, for the Commissioner, I may have misheard but I did ask a specific question about the £160 million announcement.  I know there is not a lot of detail around it, but I would be interested in your observations. 

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Answer

Answer for Tackling Crime (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Tackling Crime (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Cressida Dick CBE QPM (Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis):  We are always, as you know, quite careful not to break down counter-terrorist funding in public very much.  Suffice to say, of course, we are relieved that there is funding in this form for counter-terrorist policing, and we had indeed been talking to the Government about the necessity for that to continue in their plans and especially in the context of the rate of work that we have been doing last year.  We had a one-year settlement, if you like, last year.  We have another one-year settlement this year.  It does not make planning for the long term that easy.  As you well know, Steve, I always say this: counter-terrorist grant funding is just but one thing in keeping the country safe from terrorism, and investment in wider policing in this whole-system approach is absolutely vital. 

 

I am afraid I cannot tell you - I genuinely do not know - how much of that will come to London, but you know, generally speaking, we are sort of 25% of the country in funding terms in general policing.  It is rather more than that in counter-terrorism terms because we lead for the country.  A considerable amount of that will come to the MPS and it will allow us to maintain the scale of counter-terrorist police that we currently have and indeed the recruiting we are currently doing from the financial year.

 

Steve O’Connell AM:  OK.  Thank you.  Our [Police and Crime] Committee will be writing to Government, lobbying for the lion’s share, shall we say. 

 

Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you very much.  Now we have the tabled question of Assembly Member Desai, which relates to future challenges.