January 2014 Mayor’s Question Time answers

Below are the answers to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne in January 2014.

Time to cross
Question No: 2014/0314
Joanne McCartney

Living Streets are running a campaign to increase the pedestrian crossing time by an extra 3 seconds to enable people aged 65 and over to cross the road safely in the time permitted.  Do you support this campaign and what action are you taking to ensure that all Londoners can cross the road safely in the time permitted?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Barking-Gospel Oak line trains
Question No: 2014/0315
Joanne McCartney

A constituent has written to me regarding EMU (Class378) trains to be purchased by TfL for the Chingford/Enfield Town/Cheshunt via Southbury services that TfL are to take over; which according to the draft TfL 2013 Business Plan, an unspecified quantity could also be added to the order for trains for the Barking-Gospel Oak line.  My constituent raises the issue that members of the Barking-Gospel Oak Line User Group do not favour this type of train, but prefer Class376 as used by Southeastern trains due to the wheelchair/bicycle area.  Would you consider ordering trains like the class376 which have more room for wheelchair users in the future?

Written response from the Mayor
No decision has been made about the type of train (or its specification) that may be introduced on either the Gospel Oak to Barking line, or on services between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) and Chingford. Indeed, necessarily, the process will be subject to a competitive tender. I note your points however.

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All night tubes
Question No: 2014/0316
Joanne McCartney

A constituent has written to me concerned with the increased noise nuisance as a result of the plans to run tubes through the night at the weekend.  What will you do to minimise the noise of tube trains running through the night?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ0133 / 2014.

Strip Search
Question No: 2014/0317
Joanne McCartney

A recent FOI request to the MPS has revealed that 52% of suspects subjected to strip search are from Black African or Caribbean backgrounds. Alongside this that 25% of those strip searched are released with no further action. Given these figures do you think that they indicate a disproportionate discrimination against those in the BME community? What actions will you be taking to look at this issue further?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/metropolitan-police-releases-alarming-stripsearch-figures-9052647.html

Written response from the Mayor
Further statistics to those quoted in the Independent newspaper provided added context. BME detainees constituted 44.5% of all MPS detainees in the period 01/01/10 to 31/08/13.  Of those, 11.6% were strip-searched, compared to 8.4% of all white detainees, which is less suggestive of disproportionate discrimination. 

Strip searches in custody are carried out for reasons of safety as well as evidential grounds, particularly if a custody officer suspects there is a risk of self-harm.  This would contribute to the 25% of detainees who are released with no further action.

The justification for strip searches must be recorded on custody records, which are sampled by custody mangers. Measures are already in place to monitor the use of this power, including inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorates of Constabularies and Prisons (HMICP) and reports from Independent Custody Visitors, representations from solicitors and the MPS complaints system.

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Victim Satisfaction with the MPS
Question No: 2014/0318
Joanne McCartney

Please provide the victim satisfaction levels for all boroughs for this quarter and the past 6 quarters. Please specifically reference where the information was obtained.

Written response from the Mayor
Victim satisfaction data (MPS level) up to September 2013 is available on the London datastore.  Follow the link below, click on “data” and then go to the “Confidence in Police” sheet.

http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/metropolitan-police-service-recorded-crime-figures-and-associated-data

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Public Confidence in the MPS
Question No: 2014/0319
Joanne McCartney

Please provide public confidence levels for all Boroughs for this quarter and the past 6 quarters. Please specifically reference where the information was obtained.

Written response from the Mayor
The data attached as Appendix 319 shows the percentage of PAS respondents answering ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ to the question “Taking everything into account how good a job do you think the police in this area are doing?”

Rolling 12 months data is provided to allow for each quarter because figures are more likely to be representative of the population with a bigger sample.

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Fear of Crime
Question No: 2014/0320
Joanne McCartney

Please provide fear of crime data for all Boroughs for this quarter and the past 6 quarters. Please specifically reference where the information was obtained.

Written response from the Mayor
Fear of Crime data up to June 2013 is available on the London datastore.  Follow the link below, click on “data” and then go to the “Public Opinion-Borough” sheet.

http://data.london.gov.uk/datastore/package/metropolitan-police-service-recorded-crime-figures-and-associated-data

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Refuge Provision in London (1)
Question No: 2014/0321
Joanne McCartney

At Police and Crime Committee on the 20th December 2012 your Deputy Mayor indicated that he would look at the demand and need for refuge places for victims of domestic violence in London. What work has MOPAC done in profiling this shortage in the past year?

Written response from the Mayor
MOPAC has been working with London Councils in the past year to understand the demand for refuge provision in London. This work is ongoing. MOPAC has also commissioned a review of victims’ services in London, which will cover services for domestic violence victims.

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Refuge Provision in London (2)
Question No: 2014/0322
Joanne McCartney

What specific actions does MOPAC intend to take to address the shortage of refuge places for victims of domestic violence in London in the coming year?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ0321 / 2014.

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Crackdown on unsafe HGVs (1)
Question No: 2014/0323
Joanne McCartney

The Times reported on the 6th January that police in London will launching a ‘crackdown’ in the autumn on HGVs that drive into London without basic safety equipment. What will this action consist of and which teams will be carrying it out?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Crackdown on unsafe HGVs (2)
Question No: 2014/0324
Joanne McCartney

The Times reported on the 6th January that police in London will launching a ‘crackdown’ in the autumn on HGVs that drive into London without basic safety equipment. Why is it that this ‘crackdown’ must wait until the autumn?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cuts to Legal Aid Budget
Question No: 2014/0325
Joanne McCartney

Given the recent walk out by lawyers in protest against plans to cut the legal aid budget by 30% and warnings that the cuts will lead to less prosecutions and more criminals walking free, have you made any assessment of the effect of the changes on victims of crime in London?

Written response from the Mayor
The issue of legal aid is a matter for the Ministry of Justice and the Treasury, and not the Mayor of London. In reforming Legal Aid, the government is targeting resources at those most in need.

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Tpims
Question No: 2014/0326
Joanne McCartney

It has been reported in the Sunday Times and elsewhere that you have concerns regarding terrorism prevention and investigation measures or Tpims. What concerns do you have and have you raised these concerns with Home office?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Kennelling Costs at Status Dogs Unit
Question No: 2014/0327
Joanne McCartney

Further to MQ 2013/4909 what is the reason for the reduced costs of kennelling? Are less dogs being seized? If so, does the MPS consider less problems now than in 2010/11?

Written response from the Mayor

Financial Year Cost Number of dogs Seized Average days in kennels

2010-2011

£2,748,875

1072

125.8

2011-2012

£1,763,043

928

124.2

2012-2013

£1,827,592

954

119.8

 

As indicated in the table above, whilst there has been a slight reduction in the number of dogs seized since 2010/11 there has been a reduction in the costs of kennelling.

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European Social Fund
Question No: 2014/0328
Joanne McCartney

From the last round of European Social Fund, please list the amounts of money awarded through the ESF to projects in London and the projects that the money was awarded to.

Written response from the Mayor
A list of the projects funded by ESF in London under the 2007-2013 programme can be found on the Department of Work and Pensions, the Managing Authority for ESF in England, webpage: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/esf/esf-in-action/esf-projects/. ESF expenditure will be incurred by a number of live projects until the end of 2015. The list is up to date as at 30 July 2013.

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European Regional Development Fund
Question No: 2014/0329
Joanne McCartney

From the last round of European Regional Development Fund , please list the amounts of money awarded through the ERDF to projects in London and the projects that the money was awarded to.

Written response from the Mayor
The amounts of money awarded through the London 2007-13 ERDF programme to individual projects can be found on the GLA website at: http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/ERDF%20contracts%20awarded%20as%20at%20Dec%202013.pdf.  It also lists the actual ERDF paid to projects by the end of their funding periods.  ERDF expenditure will be incurred by a number of live projects until the end of 2015. The list is up-to-date as at December 2013.

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