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9 February 2011 - Scrutiny of Police National Legal Database - PNLD PDF Print E-mail


On 9 February 2011 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  submitted the following message using the PNLD contact form for Sussex Police:

As a matter of public importance our attention has been drawn to inaccuracies in Q238 & 239 regarding pedlary. Please provide procedure to address the issues.


On 9 Feb 2011 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it wrote:

If you could please let us know in what respect you believe that the FAQs are inaccurate we will make any necessary amendments.




On 9 Feb 2011 responded:



Thank you for responding.

Please see attached document that has been quickly prepared and does not claim to be thorough nor referenced but indicates the scale of the

problems - see attached file: PNLD database.pdf

The background to these edits relies on a thorough knowledge about the legislation and I refer you to that public information at


Please confirm what formal procedure is available for us to have an input into correcting this database to more accurately represent the law.




On 16 February 2011 Andrew Holt responded:


We are grateful for your assistance in ensuring our information is accurate and will be making amendments to our answers based on your recommendations.

Whilst we must ensure that our answers are legally accurate, you must appreciate that our answers aim to provide basic information to members of the public who are interested in acting as a pedlar. We wish to inform them of the kind of activity that would require a certificate and the process of acquiring one. We feel our answers, on the whole, achieve this. We do not claim to be an authority on pedlary and believe that including the many nuances of caselaw on the subject would make our answers more difficult for a casual reader to understand.

However, we would like to include a link on the relevant pages to your website so that those members of the public who wish to gain more

information can do so. Such a link would be provided on the right hand side of the question in the 'related information' section.


Andrew Holt

Legal Adviser



On 18 February 2011

Dear Andrew

Thank you for your reply though it is not clear... you say you will be making amendments and then go on to say you feel your answers are satisfactory... which is it?

I am sure the link will assist enquirers but of greater concern is that you may intend changing nothing in which case I must escalate this concern.

The answers to the questions can be rewritten and as a matter of public importance should be.

I await your reply




On 18 February 2011 PNLD replied:


The answers to the aforementioned questions are being reviewed and will be amended as appropriate.

The information you have provided has been very useful and will be consulted during the review process, along with the insertion of a link to

your website.



... received no further communication

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