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Devolution

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with officials from the devolved administrations in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales concerning their support for umbrella registered bodies. [112038]

Home Office officials are in regular contact with their counterparts in the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales about a variety of matters relating to the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Disclosure Scotland, including support for umbrella registered bodies to help facilitate access to the Disclosure service by voluntary organisations. We are exploring with the CRB's Voluntary and Community Sector Working Group cost-effective ways of improving access to the Disclosure service by voluntary organisations in England.