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Wheel Clamping Companies

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many wheel clamping companies have been registered by the Security Industry Authority since it was established. [124843]

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) will begin to compile a public register of licence holders as soon as personal licensing begins.The SIA came into existence on 1 April 2003. It is expected that the SIA will pilot the first phase of licensing, of door supervisors, in spring 2004 in the Hampshire police area and thereafter rollout out the licensing of door supervisors across England and Wales from summer 2004. The timetable for the licensing of wheel dampers is currently under consideration. The SI A will also operate an approved company scheme.In preparation for the rollout of licensing, the SIA maintains a record of those people who have supplied their details on a voluntary basis. Up to 10 July, a total of 790 individuals from the wheel clamping sector have registered with the Authority. The SIA will contact them in due course to supply them with the information that they need to apply for a licence when the time comes.