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Private investigators 'should be licensed'

All private investigators in England and Wales should be licensed or at least registered, a committee of MPs has recommended.

The Commons home affairs committee made its call for a two-tier system in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

MPs heard 2,032 private investigators are registered as data controllers but industry groups claim up to 10,000 people work as private eyes.

The Home Office said it was waiting on the outcome of the Leveson Inquiry.

Tom Symonds reports

  • 06 Jul 2012