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Consultation on Future Regulatory Regime

November 26, 2012

The purpose of this consultation held by the Home Office is to seek views on the government’s preferred option for reforming the regulation of the private security industry through a transition to a business regulation regime.

The current arrangements for the regulation of the private security industry in the United Kingdom are set out in the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Responsibility for delivering regulation lies with the Security Industry Authority (SIA), a non-departmental public body accountable to the Home Secretary. Following the Public Bodies Review in 2010, the government concluded that the SIA’s functions should be reformed. The consultation provides a detailed proposal for a new regulatory regime for the private security industry, which has been developed in partnership with industry representatives. 

The Home Office welcomes a wide response to the consultation to help ensure that we have identified all the relevant issues, so that the proposed reforms are implemented in an effective and efficient way. They are particularly seeking the views of those across the UK who work within the industry, those who buy, supply and rely on the provision of private security, as well as law enforcement partners.

More information is available in the full consultation document, which you can download here.

How to respond

You can send us your views by using the online questionnaire.

The consultation closes on 15 January 2013.