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Minister to answer questions on Private Investigators

18 May 2012

The Home Affairs Committee will conclude its inquiry on private investigators with evidence from lawyers, the Security Industry Association and the parliamentary under secretary of state for equalities and criminal information, Lynne Featherstone

  • Home Affairs Committee
  • Tuesday 22 May 2012 at 11.30 am
    Wilson Room, Portcullis House

    Witnesses:
    At 11.30 am 

    • Mike Schwarz, Partner, Bindmans LLP
    • Julian Pike, Partner, Farrer & co LLP
    • Dan Morrison, Senior Partner, Grosvenor Law LLP

    At 12.00 noon 

    • Bill Butler, Chief Executive, Security Industry Authority

    At 12.30pm 

    • Lynne Featherstone, parliamentary under secretary of state for equalities and criminal information

    Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

    Our inquiry had raised troubling questions about the illegal trade in personal data which is carried out by unscrupulous private investigators.

    We will be hearing from lawyers involved in the most high profile cases, who will give evidence on the links between private investigators and the justice system.

    But theft of personal information is not only about celebrities—it can have a devastating effect on anyone’s life. I will ask the Minister, Lynne Featherstone MP, about the penalties available and what action she is taking to introduce regulation into this industry.

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