Home Affairs Committee Press Release


Further to the press notice issued on 22 November and the Committee’s recent evidence session with the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration, the Committee has decided to expand its session on 4 December to consider further the implications of recent announcements about failures to carry out immigration status checks on individuals seeking employment in the private security industry.

Sir David Normington KCB, Permanent Secretary to the Home Office, will give evidence on the role of the Home Office in this matter and its relationship with the Security Industry Authority as part of his scheduled appearance in front of the Committee to discuss the Home Office Annual Report 2007.

The Committee will also take evidence from Andy Drane, the Security Industry Authority's Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

The Chairman The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

“This session will be the opportunity to put questions to the Permanent Secretary on issues referred to in the Home Office Annual Report.

"The committee looks forward to asking questions to officials responsible for the Security Industry Authority on the allocation of licences to those without the right to work in the United Kingdom. There will also be an opportunity for Members to ask about the security of data in the national identity card scheme".

The witnesses for this session will now be as follows: 

The Home Office Annual Report 2007

10.15 am

  • Sir David Normington KCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office

The Security Industry Authority

11.00 am

  • Sir David Normington KCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office

11.15 am

  • Andy Drane, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Security Industry Authority

Location: Committee Room 15, House of Commons