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Security Guards: Licensing

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to require directly-employed security guards to be licensed. (280164)

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) recently conducted a review of whether in-house security guards should be licensed.

The SIA concluded that there was no clearly defined or substantiated risk to public protection that would justify extending the licensing requirement to include in-house security guards. Ministers agreed with this conclusion and asked the SIA to review the matter again in the future. The SIA intend to conduct the review in 2012-13, but will do so earlier if evidence of criminality is identified.

The review was published on the SIA website in May 2009 at:

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