Cooper demands action on G4S
Labour is calling for G4S to be deprived of its £57m "management fee" following the Olympics security shortfall.
The firm's chief executive Nick Buckles was today called before the Home Affairs Select Committe again on September 11. He will appear on the same day as Home Secretary Theresa May.
Mr Buckles has previously said the firm still plans to keep the fee despite its poor performance, but Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper today called on ministers to take action.
She said: "The Government has been too hands-off about this contract. They need to step in now."
Ministers have hinted that G4S will face some penalties, but commenting this morning on the timing of any penalties, Sports Minister Hugh Robertson Robertson said: "We are in the hands of the lawyers."
Mr Robertson has also denied that the Ministry of Defence has put an extra 2,000 troops on Olympics standby, but said there are contingency plans to cover the staffing shortage left by G4S.
He was responding to reports that the MoD is urgently making preparations to call up as many as 2,000 more troops for Olympic security if G4S fails to deliver on its revised target of 7,000 staff in place by next week's opening ceremony.
The reports come on the back of the appearance of G4S chief executive Nick Buckles before MPs yesterday.
Mr Buckles also told the Home Affairs Select Committee he could not guarantee that G4S would provide the 7,000 staff it was contracted to cover.