asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that private security firms which do not belong to the British Security Industry Association or the International Professional Security Association take steps to introduce a code of practice for their companies; whether he has had discussions with such companies about self-regulation; and if he will make a statement.
No. My right hon. Friend has no power to ensure the introduction of codes of practice by such companies, and it is impracticable to hold separate discussions with each of them. But we welcome the steps recently announced by the two associations for further improving the professional standards of their members.