HC Deb 01 November 1994 vol 248 c1036W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what new proposals he has to ensure that those convicted of acts of violence are not employed by his Department or their contractors as security guards.

Mr. Norris

[holding answer 31 October 1994]Contract documents require contractors to obtain tenders for site security services from a list of named, reputable, security firms.

They require the security company to demonstrate its ability to select guards in terms of aptitude and temperament for the job, and that security guards be restrained, self disciplined and trained for dealing with peaceful protestors as well as those intent on causing damage.

As for security guards employed by the Department, any checks for criminal records are made in accordance with our stated vetting policy and decisions on whether to employ are taken with due regard to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.