Home Office Reports, starting with the 'narrative':Prime Ministers' update to MP's following the 7 July bombings
11 July 2005
The Prime Minister has updated MPs on the terror attacks on London.
Tony Blair spoke of his 'revulsion' at the terror attacks on London last week. He expressed his 'heartfelt thanks and admiration' for emergency services and transport workers
Read the statement in full: http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/Page7903.asp
The Intelligence & Security Committee report and the government response to it:Government publishes official report on 7 July bombings
11 May 2006
The Government has published a report detailing the events on, and leading up to, the 7 July terrorist attacks.
The report summarises the discoveries the police, intelligence and security agencies have made so far, including:
The report is not able to cover all the information, however, as it is essential not to prejudice the ongoing police investigations, prosecutions and intellegience techniques.
- what is known about those responsible
- how and why they carried out the attacks
Read the Report of the Official Account of the Bombings in London on 7 July.
Home Office website
- Intelligence and Security Committee Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005 [PDF 661KB, 52 pages]
- Government Response to the Intelligence and Security Committee Report into the London Terrorist Attacks on 7 July 2005 [PDF 238KB, 10 pages]
Notes to editors for the above:Lessons learned from 7 July
22 September 2006
A new report finds that when the bombs exploded in London last year, there were incredible acts of bravery by the emergency services, volunteers, and members of the public - but there are still lessons to be learned.
The report, 'Addressing lessons from the emergency response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings', published today by Home Secretary John Reid, shows that the emergency services responded efficiently, and under very difficult conditions. But it also sets out a number of areas where more could have been done, and details changes that should be made.
In the year since the attacks, Dr. Reid and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell have met with many of the families of the victims of the bombings and those who survived. Their experiences and concerns helped to shape the report.
The main findings of the report are:
John Reid praised the emergency services who responded on that day, saying, 'There were some incredible acts of bravery, and there can be no doubt that many lives were saved thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the response.'
- the response to the bombings demonstrated the strength and flexibility of the UK’s emergency response arrangements
- officials need to share information and provide practical and emotional support to survivors and the families of those killed
- reception and assistance centres must be established quickly
- communications equipment used by emergency services must be improved
- Incredible bravery
He noted that the report found the initial response had been 'fast, professional and effective'. However, he added, 'In times of crisis, information and support must be readily available and easy to access for those who need it. Getting the right help in place is of critical importance and we are working hard to strengthen our emergency response.'
Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport called 7 July 'a day of infamy and heroism'. She credited the emergency services and transport workers with taking 'enormous risks to save lives'.
Having met with many of those bereaved or injured on that day, she said, 'While they have differing experiences, it is clear that more could have been done to support all those who were caught up in the attacks - on the day and in the weeks and months that followed. I have been humbled by the courage and dignity of the bereaved families and those who survived the attacks. I am very grateful to them for sharing their experiences, and absolutely determined that we will apply the lessons learned so that we can do better in the future.'
Along with the full report (new window), a separate London Regional Resilience Forum report (new window), also published today, summarises the main findings and lessons learned from the frontline response by London’s emergency services and the other key agencies involved.
Home Office website
Notes to Editors
1. The report covers:
- Briefly what happened on the day
- Better support to the bereaved and survivors
- More resilient telecommunications networks
- Providing timely information to the public Keeping London moving safely; and,
- Crisis co-ordination arrangements
2. The report is available at http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/news- ... ns-learned (new window)://http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/n...ed (new window)://http://security.homeoffice.gov.uk/n...ed (new window); www.ukresilience.info (new window); www.pfe.gov.uk (new window); www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk (new window) and www.culture.gov.uk (new window)
3. The London Regional Resilience Forum report into 7/7 is available at www.londonprepared.gov.uk (new window)
The Greater London Assembly communications reports:Addressing lessons from the emergency response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings
Terrorists attacked London on 7 July 2005, claiming 52 innocent lives and injuring hundreds more. Many more people were affected by their experiences that day and in the days that followed. Questions have been asked of the Government about our preparation, response, and the support provided to survivors. This document looks at the main lessons we have identified from the multi-agency response to the bombings, either through our formal lessons learned process or as a result of having listened to many of those affected. It also describes progress made in addressing the lessons identified. We focus on significant issues relevant to the response to future emergencies across the UK that need to be tackled by central Government.
Date: Thu Sep 21 12:37:50 BST 2006
Addressing lessons from the emergency response to the 7 July 2005 London bombings | Download PDF file (1Mb)
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Agendas, minutes and other papers for meetings of the GLA 7th July Review Committee can be accessed here.7 July Review Committee
The 7 July Review Committee (formally the London Resilience Committee) was set up by the London Assembly at its meeting on 8 September 2005 to review some of the lessons to be learned from the 7 July bomb attacks on London, focusing on the experience of ordinary Londoners caught up in the events, and paying particular attention to issues of communication.
The final report of the 7 July Review Committee was published in June 2006. You can download the three-volume final first report here or using the links below.
University of Sussex psyop report hosted on the GLA web site:Report of the 7 July Review Committee
Report of the 7 July Review Committee PDF
Report of the 7 July Review Committee RTF
Vol 2: Views & information from organisations PDF
Vol 2: Views & information from organisations RTF
Vol 3: Views & information from individuals PDF
Vol 3: Views & information from individuals RTF
The 7 July Review Committee was set up to examine the lessons to be learned from the response to the London bombings on 7 July, and in particular communications issues. It contains a detailed analysis of the response to the bombings. There is no doubting the courage and determination of many thousands of individuals who responded to the attacks on London on 7 July. But while the people involved performed outstandingly, the systems and equipment that were supposed to support them did not. Our report makes 54 recommendations designed to improve the way such major incidents, and the people caught up in them, are managed
Contact: Janet Hughes, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychological responses to the July 7th 2005 London Bombings
We are a team of researchers at the University of Sussex looking at ways to ensure safe and orderly mass evacuations in emergency situations, which is funded by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant number RES-000-23-0446. We are also researching how people have coped since July 7th in order to advance the theory and treatment of conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). What follows is a brief synopsis of our preliminary findings as well as our response to some of the points made in the GLA report into how the authorities responded to July 7th. Please contact us at the address below if you’d like to know more about the project. Also, if you have a story you are willing to share, we would be very grateful if you could visit the web-site that was set up for survivors and eyewitnesses to record their experiences:-
please go to: www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~dzs/londonbomb/index.htm