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Leveson Report Published
Lord-Justice-LevesonThe report by Lord Justice Leveson was published on 29th November 2012. All four volumes can be found by clicking here.
This report is focussed on the regulation or not of the media; however, in view of the subject matter of the Inquiry touching on practices placed at the door of the investigation sector, evidence was heard and read by the Inquiry concerning the PI sector and the absence of licensing. A similar Inquiry was held by the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee which published its recommendations last July making specific recommendations about and in favour of licensing. The Government was waiting the Leveson report before taking the Select Committee recommendations forward, should there have been anything in the latest report that may affect the former.
It seems that the Leveson LJ report neither adds nor removes anything from the remarks he made on 02 February, which alter the Home Office plan to implement the two-tier regime for statutory control of investigations in the private sector.
We now await the Ministerial sign-off so that the Security Industry Authority can set a date for licensing to begin. The competency criteria currently available have been acknowledged by the SIA as suitable; however, it is possible that a further module [covering Code of Practice] could be added to the syllabus. A Code of Practice is currently being written by a panel under the aegis of the British Standards Institute, on which the Association of British Investigators is represented. It is not expected that this will take long.
Until such time as the Minister gives the final approval to proceed, the implementation of licensing remains in abeyance; it is looking very likely that this will be happening and soon.
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