Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (256)

Damien English

Ceist:

256. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide in tabular form the total number of inspections by the Private Security Authority to ensure that a person or contractor licence is in place in 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; the number of compliant inspections; the number of cases brought and the number of convictions as a result of these cases; the total cost of these inspections for each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49367/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Private Security Authority (PSA), an independent agency under the remit of my Department, is the regulatory body with responsibility for regulating and licensing the private security industry in the State. While the Authority has provided the statistical information requested, which is set out in tabular form below, the Deputy might wish to note that much of the data for 2009 is not readily available and could not be compiled without a disproportionate use of staff resources.

Contractor Enforcement Details 2009 to 2012 (to date)

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2009

2010

2011

2012

Number of Inspections of Contractors

N/A

83

72

82

Number of Compliant Inspections

N/A

57

46

57

Number of Court Prosecutions for unlicenced Contractors

6

4

1

2

Number of Convictions

6

3

0

2

Individual Enforcement Details 2009 to 2012 (to date)

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2009

2010

2011

2012

Number of Inspection Locations

N/A

85

101

97

Number of Compliant Inspections

N/A

79

97

94

Number of Court Prosecutions for unlicensed Individuals

1

3

9

2

Number of Convictions

1

3

9

2

The Deputy might also wish to note that, during the last four years, the PSA has revoked a total of ninety-one (91) licences. The PSA makes every effort to ensure that its costs are kept to a minimum and the Authority monitors its expenditure on an ongoing basis. The cost of enforcement for the PSA was as follows:

Cost of Enforcement

2009

2010

2011

2012 (to date)

N/A

€748,807

€ 633,853

€360,841