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Departmental Staff

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of vacancies in the Law Officers' Departments in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and (b) mathematics GCSE. (96739)

The Treasury Solicitor's Department and the Attorney-General's Office require candidates, for open competition vacancies, to have a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C, including English language. Therefore one 100 per cent. of vacancies require candidates to have at least grade C in English language GCSE or equivalent. No candidates were specifically required to have at least grade C in mathematics GCSE

There have been no vacancies in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the last 12 months that required candidates to have at least a grade C in English and Mathematics GCSE, as all recruitment is competency based. Candidates for administrative positions will provide evidence of competency in English and Mathematics, where necessary, at interview or through testing.

RCPO held 20 appointment exercises for 54 vacancies of which 21 have asked for at least grade C in English during the last year.

HMCPSI does not quote these qualifications as a requirement but it is an expectation that candidates or prospective employees will have these basic qualifications.

To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Law Officers' Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment. (96870)

The Law Officer's Department does recognise the International GCSEs as an acceptable substitute for GCSEs for the purposes of recruitment if formal qualifications were necessary.