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Police: Disclosure of Information

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is external review of the type and quality of information held by the police and released by chief constables under the enhanced disclosures procedure. (190615)

Sir Rhys Davies QC is the Independent Monitor of information released from local police records as part of the Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure procedure. Chief constables are required under Part V of the Police Act 1997 to disclose any information held in local police records that they consider relevant to an Enhanced Disclosure application. The Independent Monitor’s main role is to scrutinise such information to ensure that a proper balance is struck between the rights of an individual and those of vulnerable groups.