Session 2008-09 , 5 February 2009

Oral Evidence

Policing Process of Home Office Leak Inquiries

No decision on recalling Mayor of London to give evidence

Despite press reports that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will not be recalled to give further evidence before the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, no decisions have been taken on the matter.

The Mayor gave evidence on Tuesday 3 February on the arrest of Damian Green MP. Mr Johnson subsequently spoke to the Chairman of the Committee, the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, to correct the evidence he had given.This concerns his conversations with the Leader of the Opposition.

The Chairman of the Committee wrote to the Mayor after the evidence session, asking for written clarification of his version of events. This was received on Wednesday 4 February at 12 noon as requested by the Chairman.

The Committee will take evidence from Assistant Commissioner Robert Quick of the Metropolitan Police next Tuesday, 10 February on this issue.

The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:

"We remain determined to establish a definitive timeline of events surrounding the arrest by the Metropolitan Police of Damian Green MP. It is important that we know who was told what, and when, so that we can come to a judgement about the way in which the Police acted in respect of the leak inquiry. No decisions have been taken about further evidence and no decisions will be taken until the Committee meets again next Tuesday and have considered the Mayor's letter. Only then will all the Members of the Committee come to a view as to how to proceed.