Louise today took the unusual step of referring the ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice to the Procedures Committee over an unacceptable delay in receiving vital data on G4S failings in highly sensitive contracts.
Two months ago and in response to a question from Louise, the Minister promised to release vital information on the number of times G4S have been in breach of contracts held by MoJ and the number of fines incurred.
The promise came after allegations of shocking child abuse at G4S operated Medway Secure Training Centre was detailed by BBC Panorama.
In the interim between the commitment by the Minister and the referral to the Procedures Committee, G4S have resumed taking youth inmates and still the public do not know the extent of failings.
The Procedures Committee are the Parliamentary vehicle for MPs to seek redress if they receive inadequate answers from Ministers. They have the power to summon Ministers before them to hold them to account for inadequate answers or unacceptable delays.
Writing to the Procedure Committee Chair, Charles Walker, Louise said:
"On a contract involving highly vulnerable young people who are still being held in detention centres run by G4S, the public have a right to know how many times they have been in breach of their contracts."
"In a response to a question from me, the Secretary of State agreed that in the interests of transparency this data should be released."
"I am sure you will agree it is staggering that the Ministry would not have this data, on a contract of this size, available immediately to hand and the length of time it is taking them to answer the question is quite simply extraordinary".
Read the full letter here: