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Security Guards: Licensing

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of appeals against the suspension or revocation of a licence by the Security Industry Authority have been upheld by the courts in each of the last five years. (257051)

Information on the outcome of appeals against the suspension or revocation of a licence has only been collected since April 2008. Data on previous years could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Between 1 April 2008 and 31 January 2009, 57 appeals against revocation were lodged, of which six of those that went to a hearing were upheld by the courts.

In the same period seven appeals against suspension were lodged against revocation, of which two of those that went to a hearing were upheld by the courts.

In addition, information about appeals lodged in relation to revocations on the basis of Right to Work checks which have taken place since late 2007 has been recorded separately. In 2007-08, there were 86 appeals lodged against revocation on the basis of Right to Work, of which one of those that went to a hearing was upheld by the courts. Between 1 April 2008 and 31 January 2009, 242 appeals were lodged against revocation on the basis of Right to Work, of which three of those that went to a hearing were upheld by the courts.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many private security licences have been revoked by the Security Industry Authority; (257052)

(2) how many people are listed on the Security Industry Authority’s register of licence holders as having a valid licence.

As at 16 February 2009 the total number of licences revoked by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) was 11,676. The number of valid licences was 299,171.

Statistics for valid and revoked licences are shown on the SIA’s website at:

http://www.the-sia.org.uk/home/licensing/stats_2.htm

and are updated every week.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many private security licences are currently suspended by the Security Industry Authority. (257054)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time to process a licence application from (a) British citizens, (b) other EEA nationals and (c) non-EEA nationals by the Security Industry Authority was in each of the last five years. (257055)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many offences under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 of (a) working without a licence, (b) breaking licence conditions and (c) deploying unlicensed operatives have been identified by the Security Industry Authority's enforcement activity in each of the last five years; (257057)

(2) how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for offences of (i) working without a licence, (ii) breaking licence conditions and (iii) deploying unlicensed operatives under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 in each of the last five years.

Data on offences identified by the Security Industry Authority are not available.

The following table provides annual data on the numbers of prosecutions and convictions for the offences of working without a licence and deploying unlicensed operatives under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

Data on the numbers and prosecutions and convictions for breaking licence conditions are not available. This is because offences under section 9(4) of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 cannot be separately identified.

Data for 2008 will be available in late 2009.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the 2001 Private Security Industry Act, England and Wales, 2004-071, 2

2004

2005

2006

2007

Offence

Statute

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Offence of using unlicensed security operative

Private Security Industry Act 2001 s.5(1)(4)

3

13

8

12

8

Offence of using unlicensed wheel clampers operative

Private Security Industry Act 2001 s.6(1)(4)

2

2

1

Conduct prohibited without a licence

Private Security Industry Act 2001 s.3(1)(6)

6

6

159

65

141

84

235

179

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.