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Home office right to split justice and security according to IFSEC poll.

UBM Live : 11 June, 2007  (Technical Article)
A poll conducted at IFSEC by CMP Information reveals that the majority of the security industry are behind the home office in their decision to split the functions of justice and security into two sections.
Despite the harsh criticism levelled at the Government over its decision to split the Home Office, a recent poll has found that just 12% of the security industry believes the Government was wrong to split it into two departments, one for justice and one for security. The poll was conducted of visitors at IFSEC, the world's largest annual security event when it took place at the NEC in Birmingham at the end of May.

The Home Office split began at the beginning of May and has received the disapproval of many, including former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, and the former Home Secretary Charles Clarke. Those security professionals who backed the split said that they believed the move would make the departments more efficient and more accountable, leading to better control and tighter security for the country.

Although the security industry is strong in its support of the Government's recent actions there was much less backing for John Reid, the man behind the split who was recently quoted as saying that he will resign from the Cabinet following Prime Minister Tony Blair's departure, a move that has been criticised by the opposition. Visitors at IFSEC were asked if they would like to see John Reid stay in his current position as Home Secretary and only 28% said they would.

James Blue, IFSEC's event director comments: "The Home Office is going through a period of intense change and it's interesting to see that the security industry is strongly behind the move to split the department. Only time will tell whether the right move has been made and it will be intriguing to hear the views of the security industry at next year's IFSEC when the two separate departments will have been up and running for 12 months."

IFSEC represents the UK's largest gathering of security professionals. The event was attended by 32,368 people when it took place from 21-24 May 2007 at the NEC in Birmingham and it featured over 800 exhibitors from 40 different countries including Taiwan, Australia, USA, Korea and India.
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