Clause 21 - Access to enhanced criminal records certificates

Private Security Industry Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 1st May 2001.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

I have another quick question, which I hope that the Minister can answer equally quickly.

As the Bill stands, the criminal records certificate requirement is intended to apply only to door supervisors, or bouncers. What if a wheelclamping operative has been arrested, cautioned or convicted for blackmail, extortion or threatening behaviour?

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Minister of State, Home Office

That again is a matter to consider. We have singled out door supervisors for the enhanced level of checks because they are a source of particular public concern in view of their frequent contact with young people in nightclubs. They have often been involved in incidents of violence and in drug offences, such as those to which my right hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, South referred. That is why our current view is that they should be subject to higher levels of checks than exist in other sectors. I say that that is our current view, because the hon. Gentleman rightly said that we might take a different view of the provisions as they carry through in practice. I give a commitment that we will review them in the light of experience, to determine how we should act.

With that, I urge that clause 21 stand part of the Bill

Clause 21 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 22 and 23 ordered to stand part of the Bill.