Home Affairs Committee hold further evidence session on Olympic security
11 September 2012
Tuesday 11th September, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
- Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Chris Allison MBE, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
- Paul Deighton, Chief Executive and Lord Coe, Chair, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Charles Farr OBE, Director, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office
- Nick Buckles, Chief Executive, and David Taylor-Smith, Chief Operating Officer, G4S.
Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:
"The Committee intends to establish all the facts about the involvement of G4S in Olympic Security. From the evidence we have received so far the Home Secretary and the Permanent Secretary are very clear that G4S failed to honour their agreement to provide sufficient staff.
G4S were unable to give us a convincing account of what went wrong when they came before us in July. We are looking forward to hearing from them again on Tuesday, when they will have had exactly 2 months to investigate what led to the shambles we witnessed just before the Olympics was due to begin.
Everyone now accepts that G4S let the country down at a crucial time. After this session, we will have heard from everyone involved in the process of overseeing Olympic security. We hope to ascertain the reasons why the security crisis happened and who else was responsible."
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