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Private Security Industry Act

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people requested a licence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 in each month since April 2005, broken down by type of licence. (76846)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: Valid applications that could be processed in each month since April 2005 are represented in the following table. The Security Industry Act do not produce specific reports for each month broken down by sector. A number of applications that were not valid (for example because key documents were not enclosed) have also been received.

Number of valid applications received by the SIA

2005

April

3,938

May

3,801

June

4,045

July

5,083

August

6,270

September

5,610

October

7,386

November

7,975

December

8,785

2006

January

11,402

February

15,745

March

18,452

April

12,908

May

14,715

Total

126,115

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have requested an application for a licence under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 but have not yet received the application form, broken down by type of application. (77001)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: This information is not available. However, the Security Industry Authority's (SIA's) despatch policy is that upon receipt of a telephone request the SIA sends out an application form within two days by first class post. There are two other methods for ordering application forms—companies can request via a bulk process and individuals via the website. These systems currently distribute applications within three to four days with delivery by data post and first class post respectively.