Civil Disorder: Greater London
Richard Graham (Gloucester, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to identify the causes of the public disorder of August 2011 in London and to prevent any recurrence of such disorder.
Damian Green (Ashford, Conservative)
The riots were not about protests, unemployment or cuts. They were about criminality.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, took decisive action and commissioned Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to review the police response. HMIC made four overarching recommendations which are being taken forward by the Association of Chief Police Officers. Good progress is being made with a strengthened national capability put in place to support the successful policing of the London 2012 Olympic games.
This work is underpinned by the strategic policing requirement which sets out the Home Secretary's view of the national threats that the police must address and the appropriate national policing capabilities required to tackle those threats. These threats include public disorder.