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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 1st May 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE B


PRIVATE SECURITY INDUSTRY BILL [LORDS]

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Ronnie Fearn

50

Clause     10,     page     8,     line     33,     at end insert 'and may consider any complaints made to the Authority by members of the public against the licensee.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Ronnie Fearn

51

Clause     10,     page     8,     line     36,     at end insert—

    '(4)   The Authority may refuse to renew, revoke or suspend a licence if it has reasonable grounds for being satisfied that the licensee—

    (a)   has supplied information in or in connection with the application for the licence or its renewal that was knowingly false or misleading;

    (b)   has contravened any provision of this Act or regulations thereunder; or

    (c)   is no longer a fit and proper person to provide a security service.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

28

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     40,     after 'requirements', insert '(and which is not his usual residential address)'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

29

Clause     13,     page     10,     line     38,     after 'Authority', insert 'and the local authorities for the areas specified in the order'.


   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Ronnie Fearn

49

Clause     15,     page     11,     line     26,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

       'It shall be the duty of the Authority to secure that there are arrangements in force for granting approvals to persons who are providing security industry services in England and Wales.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Ronnie Fearn

48

Clause     15,     page     11,     line     27,     leave out from 'who' to end of line 30 and insert—

    '(a)   are providing security industry services in England and Wales and seek approval in respect of any such services that they are providing, or are proposing to provide; or

    (b)   are providing security industry services in England and Wales and are deemed to be acting as a public authority under the Human Rights Act 1998.'.


   

Mr Bruce George

5

Clause     17,     page     13,     line     27,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.


   

Mr Charles Clarke

1

Clause     26,     page     19,     line     20,     leave out subsection (5).


NEW CLAUSE

Offence of impersonating a licensed security operative and/or approved contractor

   

Mr Bruce George

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   A person is guilty of an offence if he displays or has in his possession any badge, card or authority which gives the impression that it is a licence or approval issued under the Act.

    (2)   A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

    (a)   on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;

    (b)   on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to a fine, or to both.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

30

Schedule     1,     page     20,     line     5,     after 'members', insert '(being at least five but not more than fifteen)'.

   

Mr Bruce George

6

Schedule     1,     page     20,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '(4)   In making appointments to the Authority the Secretary of State shall have due regard to the desirability of ensuring the Authority includes persons representative of, or who have experience of

    (a)   the private security industry,

    (b)   the police service,

    (c)   the employees' interest,

    (d)   the insurance industry,

    (e)   the consumers' interest,

    (f)   local authorities

    and that no single interest will predominate.'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

31

Schedule     1,     page     20,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '(4)   (a) At least one of the members appointed by the Secretary of State shall be a person whom the Secretary of State considers to represent the interests of the police in England and Wales; and

    (b)   At least one of the members appointed by the Secretary of State shall be a person whom the Secretary of State considers to represent the interests of the private security industry in England and Wales.'.

   

Mr Simon Hughes
Mr Ronnie Fearn

52

Schedule     1,     page     20,     line     10,     at end insert—

    '(4)   The Secretary of State shall ensure that the membership of the Authority includes persons whom the Secretary of State considers to represent the interests of

    (a)   the private security industry

    (b)   the police service in England and Wales

    (c)   the employees' interest

    (d)   the insurance industry

    (e)   the consumers' interest

    (f)   local authorities in England and Wales.'.

   

Mr Bruce George

10

Schedule     1,     page     20,     line     14,     leave out 'five' and insert 'three'.

   

Mr Bruce George

26

Schedule     1,     page     21,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(c)   powers to appoint directly members of its staff to be inspectors for such period and subject to such terms and conditions as the authority may determine.'.

   

Mr Bruce George

24

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     15,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The Authority shall establish a liaison committee with representatives from government departments and other public bodies who mandate standards for the private security industry for the purpose of developing common standards.'.

   

Mr Bruce George

25

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     30,     at end insert—

'Complaints committee

    9A(1)   The Authority shall establish a complaints committee, which may hold hearings relating to complaints.

    (2)   Any person may make a complaint in writing to the complaints committee against a licensed security operative and/or approved contractor.

    (3)   On receipt of such a complaint the complaints committee, if satisfied that the complainant has a personal interest in the subject matter of the complaint and that the complaint is made in good faith and is not frivolous or vexatious, shall investigate it, giving opportunities for the security operative and/or approved contractor to be heard in the investigation.

    (4)   On completion of the investigation—

    (a)   the complaints committee may decide not to uphold the complaint, or

    (b)   if satisfied on the reasonable grounds that the security operative and/or approved contractor—

            (i)   has been found guilty of misconduct in the course of providing a security service, or

            (ii)   has contravened any provision of this Act or regulations thereunder (whether or not there has been a conviction for an offence in relation to the contravention),

    may take whichever of the actions specified in sub-paragraph (5), in relation to the security operative and/or approved contractor is in its opinion appropriate in the circumstances of the case.

    (5)   The actions which may be taken by the Authority referred to in sub-paragraph (4) include—

    (a)   revocation of the licence or approved contractor status;

    (b)   suspension of licence or approved contractor status for a specified period;

    (c)   fine;

    (d)   reprimand;

    (e)   warning;

    (f)   caution;

    (g)   advice.

    (6)   The Authority shall notify the complaintant and security operative and/or approved contractor of any action to be taken under sub-paragraph (4).

    (7)   An appeal against the decision of the complaints committee may be made to the Board of the Authority and must be brought within twenty-one days beginning with the day on which the decision appealed against was first notified to the appellant.'.

   

Mr Bruce George

11

Schedule     1,     page     22,     line     38,     leave out 'five' and insert 'half'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

40

Schedule     2,     page     25,     line     17,     leave out 'Subject to sub-paragraph (2),'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

41

Schedule     2,     page     25,     line     20,     leave out sub-paragraphs (2) and (3).

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr John Bercow
Mr Keith Simpson

42

Schedule     2,     page     25,     line     27,     at end insert—

    '(4)   Before making an order under sub-paragraph (2), the Secretary of State shall consult:

    (a)   The Authority;

    (b)   Persons whom he considers to represent the interests of the private security industry in England and Wales;

    (c)   Persons whom he considers to represent the interests of the police in England and Wales.'.

   

Mr Bruce George

7

Schedule     2,     page     26,     line     21,     at end insert—

'In-house security operatives

    2A   Without prejudice to paragraph 2 this paragraph applies (subject to the following provisions of this paragraph) to the activities of an operative providing manned guarding activities where he provides those services exclusively for an employer who is not a private security employer.'.

 
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