Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (558)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

558. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when regulations will come into place in respect of regulation and licensing for the event security sector which would cover companies and their staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31693/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy may be aware, the Private Security Authority (PSA) is the statutory body responsible for the licensing and regulation of the private security industry. The PSA has adopted a phased approach to licensing and it proposes to commence the licensing of event security contractors in the first instance, with the licensing of employees to follow.

I can inform the Deputy that the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel is currently working on the draft Private Security (Licensing and Standards) (Event Security) Regulations. As soon as that process is complete, the relevant Statutory Instrument will be finalised, hopefully in the coming months. The Regulation will inter alia set minimum standards for contractors working in the event security sector and will, I believe, be of great benefit to both the industry and the public in general.