Session 2008-09, 11 February 2009

Letter from Home Affairs Select Committee 10 February

Policing Process of Home Office Leak Inquiry

Committee expresses "deep concerns" over Mayor's evidence

The Home Affairs Committee has resolved today to write again to the Mayor of London and Chair of the Metropolitan Police Commission, Boris Johnson, to express its unanimous concerns about the evidence submitted by Mr Johnson to the Committee, and his subsequent communications.

The Mayor gave evidence on Tuesday 3 February in the Committee's inquiry into the process of policing leaks from the Home Office on issues relating to the arrest of Damian Green MP, and there has subsequently been an exchange of communications regarding the evidence. The Committee has also today heard from Assistant Commissioner Robert Quick of the Metropolitan Police, who provided very clear evidence on the timelines of the police investigation.

Letter from the Home Affairs Select Committee, Tuesday 10 February 2009

Boris Johnson

Mayor of London

City Hall

The Queen's Walk

London SE1 2AA

10 February 2009

I am writing to you again to express my Committee's deep concerns about the evidence you have submitted to our inquiry into the Policing Process of Home Office Leaks.

In oral evidence to the Committee, then immediately after the formal session had ceased, and then in subsequent communications, you have given no fewer than four different accounts of the communications you had with Leader of the Opposition David Cameron regarding the arrest of Damian Green MP.

We appreciated you coming before the Committee on Tuesday 3 February 2009 but the disparities between the evidence you gave us and your subsequent communications have led my Committee to express concerns about your apparent level of preparation to give formal evidence to a select committee of the House of Commons. We are also concerned about the level of respect and courtesy you have shown the Committee in providing evidence and especially in your subsequent communications.

The Committee are unanimously resolved in their decision to request that you now provide a prompt written clarification of the actual times of the calls made to David Cameron on the day of Damian Green's arrest, with some indication of the basis on which you can now be confident of your evidence.

The Committee will again consider your response and we reserve the right to call you back as a witness to clarify your position further if we do not find it satisfactory.

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP