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7 JULY: LONDON RESILIENCE PARTNERSHIP STATEMENT

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DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ...
DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT STATEMENT

'The events of 7 July were unprecedented in London, as was the challenge they presented. On that morning London's emergency services and transport workers mounted their biggest ever response to a terrorist attack. It was a response characterised by partnership and professionalism, and reflected the contingency plans that had been honed and tested over four years.

'There were some incredible acts of bravery and everybody on duty from the emergency services, transport staff, health, local authorities, voluntary agency staff and Londoners stepped up and delivered their best on what was far all a day of unspeakable tragedy. There can be no doubt that lives were saved thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the response.

'The sheer scale and unique nature of events on 7 July mean that naturally there will be lessons to learn about our response. Some issues have already been recognised and acted upon, such as communications systems and problems with radios underground. Any useful contribution to ensuring that London is as well prepared as possible to deal with future emergencies is welcome.

'We shall study the report's recommendations closely and take on board any additional lessons, whilst never forgetting the professionalism and individual acts of heroism that characterised London's response to the bombings.'

Phil Woolas Ken Livingstone

Minister for Local Government Mayor of London

Chair Deputy Chair

On behalf of the London Resilience Forum

Notes

1. The London Resilience Partnership was set up immediately after 9/11. It is headed by the London Resilience Forum which is chaired by the Phil Woolas MP (Minister for Local Government) with Ken Livingstone (Mayor of London) as deputy chair, and has top level representation from all London's key responding agencies (the police, fire, ambulance, health, local authorities, transport, utilities, the Port of London Authority, the voluntary sector, together with the key government departments and agencies, the military and London's business community.

2. The London Resilience Forum drives and oversees strategic emergency planning in the capital. It has commissioned and approved a series of emergency plans and a programme of exercises to test and practice these plans and London's ability to respond.

3. Further details of the London Resilience Partnership are available on www.londonprepared.gov.uk

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