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Licensing functions of the Authority
Licensing criteria.     6. - (1) It shall be the duty of the Authority, before granting any licences, to prepare and publish a document setting out-
 
 
    (a) the criteria which it proposes to apply in determining whether or not to grant a licence; and
 
    (b) the criteria which it proposes to apply in exercising its powers under this Act to revoke or modify a licence.
      (2) The Authority may from time to time revise the document for the time being setting out the criteria mentioned in subsection (1)(a) and (b); and, if it does so, it shall publish the revised document.
 
      (3) The criteria set out by the Authority under this section-
 
 
    (a) shall include such criteria as the Authority considers appropriate for securing that the persons who engage in licensable conduct are fit and proper persons to engage in such conduct;
 
    (b) may include such criteria as the Authority considers appropriate for securing that those persons have the skills necessary to engage in the conduct for which they are licensed; and
 
    (c) may also include criteria relating to such other matters as the Authority thinks fit.
      (4) In setting out any criteria or revised criteria under this section the Authority may provide for different criteria to apply-
 
 
    (a) in relation to licences for different descriptions of licensable conduct; and
 
    (b) in relation to the initial grant of a licence and in relation to a further grant to the same licensee for the purpose of renewing an earlier licence.
      (5) Criteria or revised criteria set out under this section shall not have effect for the purposes of this Act unless the Secretary of State has approved them.
 
      (6) The publication in accordance with this section of any document setting out any criteria or revised criteria must be in such manner as the Authority considers appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons likely to be affected by it.
 
Licences to engage in licensable conduct.     7. - (1) The Authority may, on an application made to it, grant to the applicant a licence to engage in any such licensable conduct as may be described in the licence.
 
      (2) An application to the Authority for the grant of a licence-
 
 
    (a) must be in such form, and
 
    (b) must be accompanied by such information,
       as may be prescribed.
 
      (3) In determining whether or not to grant a licence the Authority shall apply the criteria for the time being applicable under section 6.
 
      (4) The Authority may refuse to grant a licence until-
 
 
    (a) it has been satisfied as to the identity of the applicant in such manner as may be prescribed;
 
    (b) the applicant has supplemented his application with such further information (if any) as the Authority may request after receiving the application; and
 
    (c) the Authority has been able to carry out such further inquiries (if any) in relation to the applicant as it considers appropriate.
      (5) A licence granted by the Authority to engage in any description of licensable conduct-
 
 
    (a) must be in such form,
 
    (b) must contain such information, and
 
    (c) must be granted on such conditions,
       as may be prescribed in relation to licences to engage in that description of licensable conduct.
 
      (6) Such a licence may be granted subject to such conditions, in addition to the prescribed conditions, as the Authority considers appropriate in relation to the licence in question.
 
      (7) On the making of an application for the grant of a licence, the applicant shall pay to the Authority such fee as may be prescribed.
 
      (8) Subject to section 9, a licence shall remain in force-
 
 
    (a) except in a case to which paragraph (b) applies, for a period of three years beginning with the day on which it is granted; and
 
    (b) in any case for which provision as to the duration of the licence is made by the Secretary of State by order, for such other period beginning with that day as may be specified in the order.
Licence conditions.     8. - (1) The power of the Secretary of State to prescribe the conditions on which a licence must be granted and the power of the Authority to impose additional conditions for such a licence shall include power to prescribe or impose-
 
 
    (a) conditions containing requirements as to the training, registration and insurances which the licensee is to undergo, or to maintain, while the licence remains in force;
 
    (b) conditions as to the manner in which the licensee is to carry out specified activities of a security operative that he is licensed to carry out;
 
    (c) conditions imposing obligations as to the production and display of the licence;
 
    (d) conditions imposing obligations as to the information to be provided from time to time by the licensee to the Authority; and
 
    (e) such other conditions (whether or not relating to the criteria that would be applied by the Authority in determining whether to grant the licence) as the Secretary of State or the Authority thinks fit.
      (2) The conditions that may be prescribed or imposed in relation to any description of licence may include conditions imposing obligations on a licensee by reference to requirements made or directions given by the Authority.
 
      (3) In relation to a licence authorising licensable conduct falling within subsection (2)(g) of section 3, the references in subsection (1) of this section to the licensee include references to any of his employees who carry out any designated activities subject to additional controls.
 
      (4) Any person who contravenes the conditions of any licence granted to him shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.
 
      (5) In proceedings against any person for an offence under subsection (4) it shall be a defence for that person to show that he exercised all due diligence to avoid a contravention of the conditions of the licence.
 
Revocation and modification of licences.     9. - (1) The Authority may by notice in writing to the licensee modify or revoke any licence granted to him (including any of the conditions of that licence).
 
      (2) In determining whether or not to modify or revoke a licence, the Authority shall apply the criteria for the time being applicable under section 6.
 
      (3) The modifications that may be made under this section include one suspending the effect of the licence for such period as the Authority may determine.
 
Appeals in licensing matters.     10. - (1) The Secretary of State may by order make provision for the bringing of appeals against any decision of the Authority to refuse to grant a licence or to modify or revoke a licence.
 
      (2) An order under this section may provide for the establishment of a tribunal to hear appeals under such an order, for the appointment and removal of the members of such a tribunal and for the payment to them of remuneration or allowances.
 
      (3) An order under this section may provide for the procedure to be followed on any appeal brought in accordance with such an order and for the means by which effect is to be given to the determination made on any such appeal.
 
Register of licences.     11. - (1) It shall be the duty of the Authority to establish and maintain a register of persons licensed under this Act.
 
      (2) The Authority shall secure that the register contains particulars of every person who for the time being holds a licence.
 
      (3) The particulars that must be recorded in every entry in the register relating to the holder of a licence are-
 
 
    (a) the name and address of the holder of the licence; and
 
    (b) the terms and other conditions of his licence.
      (4) It shall be the duty of the Authority to ensure that such arrangements are in force as it considers appropriate for-
 
 
    (a) allowing members of the public and such other persons as it thinks fit to inspect the contents of the register; and
 
    (b) securing that such publicity is given to any modification or revocation of a licence as will bring it to the attention of persons likely to be interested in it.
      (5) The Authority may impose such fee as it considers reasonable for allowing a person to inspect the register or to take a copy of any part of it.
 
 
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