But former defence secretary Liam Fox, who was forced to quit over his links with self-styled adviser Adam Werritty, said he had already raised this issue with his predecessor Mr Hammond. Surface-to-air missiles had been an option at Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996, Dr Fox said.
I can assure you that all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the London Olympic Games will be taken. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond
“Since the Atlantic Games there has been an internationally accepted minimal level of protection for the Olympics,” Dr Fox said.
Mr Hammond added: “I can assure you that all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the London Olympic Games will be taken including, if the advice of the military is that it is required, including appropriate ground-to-air defences.”
Earlier this year, national Olympic security co-ordinator Chris Allison, of the Metropolitan Police, said he believed 12,000 officers will be needed nationally to police the event. Up to 15,000 more security officials could be enlisted from firm G4S.
The Home Office has insisted that the International Olympic Committee has “full confidence” in the security plan for the London Olympics.