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Security: Licensing

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licence applications were rejected by the Security Industry Authority on the grounds of criminality, broken down by (a) offence and (b) licence category in each year since its inception. (196521)

The total numbers of licence applications refused by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) from 2004-05 to 2007-08 are as follows.

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Door supervision

1,067

1,586

1,423

1,642

Security guarding

662

1,833

1,028

Cash and valuables in transit

42

7

24

Public space surveillance

2

64

101

Close protection

1

53

31

Vehicle immobilisation

85

39

34

Key holding

0

3

-1

Total

1,067

2,378

3,422

2,859

Applications may be refused on a number of grounds, including criminality, mental health, the lack of the right to work or other information which the SIA may receive. Information on the grounds of refusal is recorded in individual cases but not centrally collated and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.