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Formal Minutes

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Members present:

Keith Vaz, in the Chair
Michael Ellis

Dr Julian Huppert

Alun Michael

Mark Reckless

Mr David Winnick

Draft Report (Olympic Security), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 16 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 17 read as follows

'G4S continued to produce data which appeared to show that there was not a serious problem. Charles Farr told us that, on 1 July, he was given data that showed that 37,000 people had passed the G4S interview, 25,000 had been security screened, 21,000 had been accredited, 14,700 had been SIA trained and 9,000 were ready to work. So it is not surprising that, given these assurances about the absolute numbers already ready for work and still in the pipeline, everybody accepted the reassurance that this was a minor and temporary problem.'

Amendment proposed, in line 4, to leave out from 'work' to the end of the paragraph and add

'Given these assurances about the absolute numbers already ready for work and still in the pipeline, it would be understandable if everybody had accepted the reassurance that this was a minor and temporary problem, so Mr Farr and ministers therefore deserve credit for having begun to take contingency action notwithstanding the assurances which they were still receiving from G4S.'—(Mark Reckless.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

      Ayes, 4        Noes, 1

Michael Ellis

Dr Julian Huppert

Alun Michael

Mark Reckless

Mr David Winnick

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph 17, as amended, read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 18 to 40 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.  

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Seventh Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 16 October at 2.30 pm



 
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