Select Committee on European Union Forty-Ninth Report


Letter from Bob Ainsworth MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, to the Chairman

  Thank you for your letter of 13 June clearing the previous Council Decision (5135/02) and requesting an explanatory note of how the United Kingdom proposes to give effect to this Recommendation. The Recommendation was approved by the Justice and Home Affairs Council as an "A" point at their meeting on 13 June.

  The United Kingdom does not at present have one centralised authority for this purpose. However, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) currently being established under the provisions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 will be responsible from 1 April 2003 for regulating the private security industry in England and Wales. The SIA has a wide remit for licensing individuals, approving security companies, and more generally setting and improving standards within the industry sectors.

  I see great advantage in nominating the SIA as the UK national contact point for the purpose of this Recommendation. However, the Scottish Executive is currently considering how to proceed in regulating the private security industry in Scotland, and Northern Ireland has a different focus for regulation under the provision of its Emergency Powers Act 1991. My officials will therefore be discussing this proposal with these administrations in the hope that they might agree to being represented by the SIA.

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