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Security industry 'needs legislation time frame'

Security industry 'needs legislation time frame'

The UK's private security industry is in need of some tangible guidelines before the next general election if it is to avoid falling off a legislative cliff, according to one expert in the sector.

James Kelly, chairman of the Security Regulation Alliance and the chief executive officer of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), said that although the Home Office consultations have been welcomed across the industry, the lack of a time frame was worrying.

He told Info4Security: "The BSIA, along with its partners in the Security Regulation Alliance, believes that the efficacy of the proposed new system of regulation depends wholly on the requisite primary legislation."

Mr Kelly believes the silence on the timing of the legislation is undermining the whole process.

He stressed that it is imperative that providers of security systems and staff are aware of the powers that will be given to the Security Industry Authority’s successor, so they can plan their future operations to the best standards.

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