Courtesy of cyberstalking Julian Huppert, I found this, do take a look at it:
Hairdressers Registration (Amendment) — 30 Nov 2011 at 14:37
Julian Huppert MP, Cambridge voted with the majority (No).
I beg to move,
That leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend the Hairdressers (Registration) Act 1964 to provide for the mandatory registration of hairdressers with the Hairdressing Council; to empower the Hairdressing Council to issue and charge for licences to hairdressers holding certain qualifications; to provide for the removal of names from the register by the Hairdressing Council on the recommendation of its investigating and disciplinary committees; to introduce a scale of fines payable by those without a licence charging for hairdressing services; and for connected purposes.
Question put (Standing Order No. 23). The House divided: Ayes 63, Noes 67.
I post this to illuminate one thing for my fellow security geeks, viz: that Parliament does this sort of thing.
All it would take is for someone from (say) the British Computer Society to convince a Parliamentarian that Computer Security was at least as important as Hairdressing, and that therefore there should be:
a bill to provide for the mandatory registration of systems administrators with the British Computer Society; to empower the British Computer Society to issue and charge for licences to systems administrators holding certain qualifications; to provide for the removal of names from the register by the British Computer Society on the recommendation of its investigating and disciplinary committees; to introduce a scale of fines payable by those without a licence charging for systems administration services
– and instantly all our jobs, careers, research and innovation would be at the discretion of a committee. We’re not there yet, but somebody is going to try it on someday.
Beware regulation, guys. And while you’re at it, join the Open Rights Group.