Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (335)

Joe Costello

Question:

474 Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will establish the Private Security Authority to regulate private security services under the 2004 Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25334/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Private Security Services Act 2004 provides for the establishment of the Private Security Authority. Part 2, section 7(2) of the Act specifies the membership of the authority shall include: (a) at least one person who is a practising barrister or practising solicitor of not less than five year's standing; (b) two persons each of whom the Minister considers to be representative of private security employers; (c) two persons each of whom the Minister considers to be representative of employees of such employers; (d) the Commissioner of the Garda Síochána or such other member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of assistant commissioner as the Commissioner may nominate in that behalf; (e) an officer of the Minister; (f) a representative of any other Minister of the Government who in the opinion of the Minister is directly concerned with or responsible for activities relevant to the functions of the authority; and (g) one member of the staff of the authority elected by secret ballot of the staff of the authority in such manner if notice of the holding of the first such election is given before the day on which the authority is established, as the Minister directs in writing, or in any other case as the authority, with the agreement of the Minister, may determine. I am in the process of making the appointments to the authority and will make an announcement shortly.