Question to the PM on Liverpool riots

Yesterday, Parliament was recalled to an emergency debate following this week’s rioting across the country. This was an opportunity to hear and question the Government about what response and action they would take in the aftermath of the riots.

I asked the Prime Minister the following question:

Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside) (Lab/Co-op): The people of Liverpool are united in their absolute condemnation of the criminal acts that wreaked so much havoc and caused so much fear in parts of Liverpool in the past few days. What specific arrangements has the Prime Minister made to enable the city and others that have suffered similarly to be assisted in a swift recovery?

The Prime Minister: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady for speaking on behalf of Liverpool, which also suffered from the violent disorder. Liverpool will be able to apply, through not only the existing Bellwin scheme but the new special scheme which does not have a threshold that needs to be crossed to claim payments. Also, the Riot (Damages) Act is effectively unlimited in the claims that can be made and, as I have said, the Home Office will stand behind police forces. There is therefore a series of measures and there will be written statements in the House today, so the hon. Lady can see full details and share them with her council leader.

This has been a terrible time for the city but our communities remain strong.