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Criminal Records Bureau

Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the membership, and the changes thereto, of the Programme Board established to oversee the Criminal Records Bureau implementation; when it was established; and on how many occasions it has met. [112039]

The Programme Board convened on a monthly basis from 7 July 1999 until 23 March 2002. It was chaired by the Chief Executive of the Passport and Records Agency (previously the United Kingdom Passport Agency (UKPA)) and was composed of Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) managers, members of Home Office policy and implementation teams, representatives from police forces and the Scottish Criminal Records Organisation. Representatives of Capita also attended following the contract award.The membership varied according to the topics requiring discussion. Other representatives were drafted in as required, but they were not officially regarded as members. The Agenda covered topics under the headings of:

programme development and implementation;
policy developments;
relationships with further parties including police;
contractor selection and subsequently operation of the CRB/ contractor Public-Private Partnership; and
contract management.

The Programme Board was subsequently superseded following the commencement of full operations on 11 March 2002 by the Joint Operations Management Board.