North Court Investigations today attended a Home Affairs Committee seminar at the Boothroyd Room, Portculiss House in Central London. The seminar was opened by the Chairman of the Select Committee Keith Vaz MP, the key speaker was the ex Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas CBE, also in attendance were two individuals who commented on their experiences of being investigated by private detectives.
Also present was Paul Woolwich who was discussing a Channel 4 documentry that is being shown tonight, Watching the Detectives. He explained how the show centres around two particular private investigation companies who were supplying private data to the reporters of the show. The companies who were involved were discussed at today’s seminar, Mr Woolwich explained to those present how the investigation companies were approached and how easy it was for these companies to provide what was asked for.
The general consensus is that the investigation industry is in need of some form of licensing or regulation, however, what is unclear is how this should be implemented. Present at the seminar was the President of the Association of British Investigators who explained to the committee the thoughts of the association and explained that they were fully supportive of regulation. Also present were various private investigators who also stood up and offered their own feelings on how the industry should be regulated.
We as a company hope that the Select Committee take on board what was said and don’t rush in to regulating the industry without considering the professional, law abiding companies that currently operate. It was suggested at the seminar that the rogue investigators within the industry only account for 3% of those operating in the UK. We fully support regulation and look forward to the committees report which will be produced at the end of July this year.