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Security Guards: Licensing

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her estimate is of the number of security companies in the UK which are potentially subject to the regulation of the Security Industry Authority. (227740)

Exact figures for the number of security companies in the UK are not available. However, the Security Industry Authority estimates that there are in the region of 2,500.

Security companies are not currently required to be regulated by the Security Industry Authority.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average number of employees was of companies with Security Industry Authority approved contractor status in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) the latest date for which data are available; (227741)

(2) how many companies had approved contractor status removed by the Security Industry Authority in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008 to date;

(3) how many Security Industry Authority approved contractors there were on (a) 31 December 2006, (b) 31 December 2007 and (c) the latest date for which data are available.

The following data have been supplied by the Security Industry Authority.

227741

Based on information provided by companies in the course of annual re-registration with the SIA, the total number of staff working for companies with Security Industry Authority approved contractor status in the years in question were as follows:

Number

31 December 2006

84,455

31 December 2007

101,656

15 October 2008

116,086

The average number of employees is not readily available.

22742

The number of companies which had approved contractor status withdrawn was as follows:

Number

2006

1

2007

7

2008

6

22743

The number of companies on the SIA Register of Approved Contractors was as follows:

Number

31 December 2006

317

31 December 2007

420

15 October 2008

552