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Identity Checks (Licensed Premises)

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the risk of identity theft when identity is requested and taken by door staff at licensed premises; and if he will make a statement. (79529)

No assessment has been made of this specific risk. However, since 11 April 2005 all door supervisors working on licensed premises have been required to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority. This requires them to undertake training and a criminality check from the Criminal Records Bureau. If an applicant is found guilty of identity theft it is highly likely that he will be refused a licence. If a licensed door supervisor is subsequently found guilty of identity theft then it is also highly likely that his licence will be revoked.