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Vetting

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau in each year since 2002 had comments from chief police officers on otherwise clean reports, broken down by police force area. (205117)

The CRB does not collate data on the number of disclosures which contain comments from chief police officers but which do not contain any data from the Police National Computer (PNC), Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) or Department of Health (DoH).

The CRB does collate the overall number of records checks completed by the police which result in comments from chief police officers being released.

Comments from chief police officers can be revealed on the face of a disclosure as “approved information” or in rare cases sent separately directly to the registered body as “additional information”.

The overall number and proportion of records checks conducted by the police forces which resulted in such information being released in each year for which records are available can be found in the following table.

Volume of approved/additional information as percentage of total police checks

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total volume of police checks

2,752,962

3,054,266

3,468,417

4,043,003

4,252,152

Volume of checks where information released

10,423

11,726

18,146

17,673

21,710

Percentage of total

0.4

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.5

Note:

It should be noted that only the figures for the last two years include additional information. However, the numbers of checks which resulted in additional information being released is very small, making up less than 1 per cent. of the combined approved and additional figure for 2007-08.

The number of records checks completed by the police forces is not the same as the number of disclosures issued because several forces may conduct checks in order to produce one disclosure and more than one force may release approved or additional information.

The following tables show the figures broken down by police force area.

Volume of approved/additional information as percentage of police checks completed by each force

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Force

Volume

Checks

Percentage

Volume

Checks

Percentage

Volume

Checks

Percentage

Avon and Somerset

119

82,843

0.1

128

82,377

0.2

316

103,919

0.3

Bedfordshire

58

30,846

0.2

155

36,934

0.4

227

43,265

0.5

British Transport Police

Cambridgeshire

51

36,015

0.1

152

51,146

0.3

209

54,387

0.4

Cheshire

180

53,486

0.3

261

56,334

0.5

567

63,772

0.9

City of London

7

94

7.4

9

294

3.1

6

1,464

0.4

Cleveland

179

25 729

0.7

282

28,597

1.0

324

29,457

1.1

Cumbria

518

24,620

2.1

336

25,317

1.3

789

26,332

3.0

Derbyshire

103

45,504

0.2

234

47,709

0.5

300

54,541

0.6

Devon and Cornwall

184

86,648

0.2

312

85,565

0.4

687

106,105

0.6

Dorset

141

38,953

0.4

24

45,010

0.1

45

51,109

0.1

Durham

302

28,740

1.1

355

31,127

1.1

408

36,479

1.1

Dyfed-Powys

14

24,183

0.1

45

28,287

0.2

113

32,620

0.3

Essex

186

79,072

0.2

98

94,704

0.1

211

99,021

0.2

Gloucester

60

29,054

0.2

73

31,436

0.2

141

35,903

0.4

Greater Manchester

977

125,874

0.8

2,077

141,297

1.5

1,840

157,844

1.2

Guernsey

11

637

1.7

11

702

1.6

5

886

0.6

Gwent

116

25,928

0.4

62

27,698

0.2

104

28,445

0.4

Hampshire

132

98,061

0.1

129

105,969

0.1

195

116,322

0.2

Hertfordshire

70

60,518

0.1

83

68,826

0.1

181

69,581

0.3

Humberside

83

41,507

0.2

204

49,413

0.4

259

56,084

0.5

Isle of Man

8

770

1.0

17

1,029

1.7

8

1,368

0.6

Jersey

3

83

3.6

5

799

06

5

1,671

0.3

Kent

480

83,353

0.6

663

83,655

08

835

97,491

0.9

Lancashire

195

79,847

0.2

170

86,188

0.2

313

97,544

0.3

Leicestershire

295

41,197

0.7

36

47,434

0.1

201

58,698

0.3

Lincolnshire

44

38,536

0.1

26

57,113

0.0

20

65,541

0.0

Merseyside

217

72,721

0.3

211

81,113

0.3

185

93,024

0.2

Metropolitan

1,148

427,076

0.3

984

458,094

0.2

2,100

534,128

0.4

MOD and PGA

Norfolk

306

34,344

0.9

149

40,965

0.4

285

47,001

0.6

North Wales

311

32,665

1.0

343

38,923

0.9

240

46,234

0.5

North Yorkshire

178

39,419

0.5

324

45,232

0.7

735

54,396

1.4

Northamptonshire

312

36,335

0.9

222

38,450

0.6

389

47,472

0.8

Northumbria

311

68,617

0.5

71

71,417

0.1

236

81,652

0.3

Nottinghamshire

305

46,951

0.6

453

50,008

0.9

505

58,340

0.9

PSNI

117

6,077

1.9

275

6,975

3.9

345

8,386

4.1

Royal Military Police

Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency

SCRO

615

22,312

2.8

789

25,385

3.1

956

28,368

3.4

South Wales

29

49,849

0.1

31

62,005

0.0

48

67,398

0.1

South Yorkshire

70

53,620

0.1

130

60,056

0.2

249

67,739

0.4

Staffordshire

71

50,618

0 1

249

55,983

0.4

632

59,551

1.1

Suffolk

376

32,690

1.2

308

34,813

0.9

247

42,002

0.6

Surrey

115

70,727

0.2

155

76,392

0.2

160

75,400

0.2

Sussex

93

80,161

0.1

98

85,410

0.1

121

93,118

0.1

Thames Valley

363

108,775

0.3

71

121,033

0.1

215

152,135

0.1

UK Central Authority

0

0

Warwickshire

62

24,297

0.3

67

27,083

0.2

94

32,898

0.3

West Mercia

97

66,878

0.1

218

71,554

0.3

479

82,526

0.6

West Midlands

360

122,960

0.3

330

144,239

0.2

809

142,695

0.6

West Yorkshire

380

94,478

0.4

192

113,137

0.2

639

124,110

05

Wiltshire

71

29,294

0.2

109

31,039

0.4

168

39,995

0.4

Grand total

10,423

2,752,962

0.4

11,726

3,054,266

0.4

18,146

3,468,417

0.5

2006-072007-2008

Force

Volume

Checks

Percentage

Volume

Checks

Percentage

Avon and Somerset

269

112,091

0.2

291

122,440

0.2

Bedfordshire

245

47,930

0.5

321

49,261

0.7

British Transport Police

21

11,364

0.2

68

27,338

0.2

Cambridgeshire

195

64,443

0.3

300

62,161

0.5

Cheshire

370

71,977

0.5

645

80,312

0.8

City of London

20

2,221

0.9

33

2,946

1.1

Cleveland

426

38,653

1.1

594

39,573

1.5

Cumbria

313

33,144

0.9

249

31,871

0.8

Derbyshire

333

64,764

0.5

406

71,080

0.6

Devon and Cornwall

719

119,876

0.6

840

131,682

0.6

Dorset

39

53,971

0.1

41

57,297

0.1

Durham

241

41,061

0.6

456

43,353

1.1

Dyfed-Powys

98

35,053

0.3

109

40,970

0.3

Essex

203

113,886

0.2

241

122,644

0.2

Gloucester

64

37,410

0.2

68

43,056

0.2

Greater Manchester

925

191,116

0.5

777

186,972

0.4

Guernsey

0

1,426

0.0

1

1,157

0.1

Gwent

141

37,670

0.4

112

38,649

0.3

Hampshire

359

146,869

0.2

472

150,083

0.3

Hertfordshire

249

87,514

0.3

342

87,774

0.4

Humberside

224

58,097

0.4

531

54,687

1.0

Isle of Man

6

1,474

0.4

7

1,689

0.4

Jersey

3

1,932

0.2

2

1,860

0.1

Kent

845

112,074

0.8

766

122,043

0.6

Lancashire

366

106,409

0.3

746

111,853

0.7

Leicestershire

328

66,678

0.5

717

68,324

1.0

Lincolnshire

82

67,100

0.1

202

64,148

0.3

Merseyside

190

113,587

0.2

187

120,010

0.2

Metropolitan

1,965

589,417

0.3

1,757

611,608

0.3

MOD and PGA

0

0

10

127

7.9

Norfolk

274

60,677

0.5

225

62,079

0.4

North Wales

168

51,994

0.3

289

58,260

0.5

North Yorkshire

775

60,493

1.3

868

69,189

1.3

Northamptonshire

316

52,320

0.6

316

51,228

0.6

Northumbria

180

94,731

0.2

460

102,399

0.4

Nottinghamshire

361

67,080

0.5

435

71,886

0.6

PSNI

378

9,442

4.0

127

12,528

1.0

Royal Military Police

0

0

28

4,486

0.6

Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency

0

2

0.0

0

27

0.0

SCRO

1,717

31,375

5.5

2,996

38,418

7.8

South Wales

103

82,297

0 1

307

90,308

0.3

South Yorkshire

173

80,522

0.2

212

88,882

0.2

Staffordshire

681

79,628

0.9

386

73,666

0.5

Suffolk

156

43,364

0.4

204

47,179

0.4

Surrey

253

86,174

0.3

395

92,520

0.4

Sussex

173

120,828

0.1

237

124,665

0.2

Thames Valley

174

170,033

0.1

423

181,946

0.2

UK Central Authority

0

2

0.0

0

60

0.0

Warwickshire

119

35,085

0.3

153

39,511

0.4

West Mercia

422

91,828

0.5

393

98,631

0.4

West Midlands

807

203,887

0.4

860

193,107

0.4

West Yorkshire

796

147,310

0.5

747

152,339

0.5

Wiltshire

408

44,724

0.9

358

51,870

0.7

Grand total

17,673

4,043,003

0.4

21,710

4,252,152

0.5

Source:

Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) and Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)—figures contain some conviction data also

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) how many and (b) what percentage of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau were completed within (i) 10, (ii) 14, (iii) 25, (iv) 60 and (v) over 60 days in each year since 2002, broken down by police force area. (205118)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) operates to a set of public service standards which are to issue 90 per cent. of standard disclosures within 10 days and 90 per cent. of enhanced disclosures within 28 days.

The targets mentioned above are not CRB targets for completion of a disclosure but part of an internal service level agreement (SLA) in place between the CRB and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). This SLA has been agreed by ACPO on behalf of the 43 local police forces in England and Wales and the time taken by each force to complete their part of the enhanced disclosure process is measured against these targets. By meeting these targets the police forces directly affect the CRB’s ability to meet the public service standard for enhanced disclosures.

The following table illustrates the number of checks completed by each police force in 10 days, 14 days, 25 days, 60 days and over 60 days during 2006-07 and 2007-08.

2006-072007-08

Force name

10 days

14 days

25 days

60 days

Over 60 days

10 days

14 days

25 days

60 days1

Over 60 days

Avon and Somerset

43,879

93,111

108,469

111,271

0

85,959

107,420

120,003

112,050

0

Bedfordshire

47,440

48,129

48,483

48,547

0

47,490

48,409

48,846

45,003

0

British Transport Police

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

26,103

27,481

27,747

25,225

0

Cambridgeshire

25,824

32,216

49,424

62,271

0

18,034

32,199

43,180

58,902

0

Cheshire

8,030

11,564

43,819

71,017

0

10,859

16,482

40,738

67,775

769

City of London

1,382

1,723

2,028

2,169

0

2,047

2,134

2,351

2,625

0

Cleveland

15,405

23,703

35,079

37,483

0

14,387

24,944

33,190

36,899

0

Cumbria

6,575

10,040

14,349

24,828

4,053

14,791

23,041

30,447

29,242

0

Derbyshire

18,760

26,516

35,059

54,099

4,146

43,581

53,789

63,989

61,897

0

Devon and Cornwall

45,797

68,380

105,171

117,227

0

113,909

121,696

125,271

119,995

0

Disclosure Scotland

26,815

28,925

30,249

31,511

0

31,037

33,415

34,974

34,310

0

Dorset

46,930

53,506

54,681

54,946

0

47,649

53,169

56,463

52,599

0

Durham

7,157

12,375

31,851

39,869

0

35,208

36,662

39,574

39,102

0

Dyfed-Powys

33,222

35,083

35,261

35,404

0

39,832

40,549

40,715

37,400

0

Essex

61,369

85,999

102,264

111,256

0

49,830

64,662

84,036

107,281

0

Gloucester

13,597

21,993

31,125

37,304

0

14,720

20,887

29,777

36,795

0

Greater Manchester

68,327

93,987

126,424

184,819

0

45,263

80,962

136,666

145,946

24,662

Gwent

8,824

17,202

24,858

30,437

593

26,235

30,862

34,873

34,912

0

Hampshire

78,786

99,644

120,398

133,172

0

131,098

135,087

142,324

139,304

0

Hertfordshire

33,459

49,524

81,527

84,445

0

76,481

83,461

86,849

80,105

0

Humberside

9,273

24,601

50,376

58,215

0

13,588

23,991

29,055

46,592

6,953

Kent

59,155

94174

111,094

113,222

0

30,706

55,483

99,596

108,555

0

Lancashire

33,841

45,900

87,983

104,249

0

105,668

109,634

111,814

103,871

0

Leicestershire

22,446

32,375

45,558

58,299

1,459

42,165

47,216

53,172

58,054

2,191

Lincolnshire

50,830

56,430

59,698

67,801

0

44,892

51,405

55,102

62,732

0

Merseyside

34,190

68,775

104,184

111,844

0

48,159

62,800

96,784

106,086

0

Metropolitan

286,186

325,447

393,839

540,931

19,344

435,609

504,979

593,919

570,469

0

Norfolk

7,505

12,020

27,460

55,483

0

29,751

35,841

51,891

54,207

0

North Wales

806

2,937

29,325

50,502

0

34,766

42,740

50,801

51,467

0

North Yorkshire

58,458

60,175

60,765

60,897

0

39,593

56,089

68,958

66,953

0

Northamptonshire

47,859

50,245

50,876

51,144

0

28,066

41,371

51,600

48,146

0

Northumbria

31,168

60,539

72,251

84,925

818

54,475

67,766

76,426

84,735

6,220

Nottinghamshire

7,412

14,555

35,382

64,849

0

59,897

68,168

70,312

65,498

0

Police Service Northern Ireland

9,459

9,467

9,469

9,477

0

12,188

12,237

12,370

11,691

0

South Wales

19,522

35,793

54,663

75,119

0

63,949

77,581

80,105

76,668

0

South Yorkshire

6,448

16,914

59,988

79,445

0

32,993

64,689

82,056

81,453

0

Staffordshire

21,235

31,633

38,614

60,007

8,301

26,701

35,020

60,733

68,841

0

Suffolk

31,190

35,802

40,470

42,171

1,169

1,911

9,998

30,110

42,709

0

Surrey

30,111

40,229

64,876

86,852

0

41,302

57,331

79,640

83,233

0

Sussex

9,635

19,905

48,482

109,517

0

97,642

109,699

124,141

116,701

0

Thames Valley

12,388

27,922

103,885

155,692

0

126,558

146,380

168,776

164,802

0

Warwickshire

20,285

27,982

35,431

36,030

0

30,029

34,285

38,144

35,899

0

West Mercia

88,213

89,059

90,072

90,835

0

76,808

85,095

93,350

90,527

0

West Midlands

133,738

155,036

168,954

183,927

0

151,815

158,882

161,488

169,480

0

West Yorkshire

30,124

65,927

115,026

149,488

0

78,169

110,032

135,273

141,926

0

Wiltshire

27,143

32,615

40,921

45,995

0

39,355

41,974

47,827

47,249

0

1 The 60 day achievement for 2007-08 is an eleven-month calculation (April 2007-February 2008) as the calculation for the March 2008 achievement cannot be made until 60 days have elapsed since month-end.

The following table illustrates the percentage of checks completed by each police force in 10 days, 14 days, 25 days, 60 days and over 60 days during 2006-07 and 2007-08.

2006-072007-08

Force name

10 days

14 days

25 days

60 days

Over 60 days

10 days

14 days

25 days

60 days1

Over 60 days

Avon and Somerset

41

87

100

100

0

79

98

100

100

0

Bedfordshire

100

100

100

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

British Transport Police

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

100

100

100

100

0

Cambridgeshire

43

54

83

100

0

30

54

72

100

0

Cheshire

11

17

63

100

0

15

22

55

99

1

City of London

66

82

96

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

Cleveland

49

75

100

100

0

39

68

91

100

0

Cumbria

23

35

50

86

14

47

74

97

100

0

Derbyshire

32

46

60

93

7

66

81

97

100

0

Devon and Cornwall

42

63

97

100

0

99

100

100

100

0

Disclosure Scotland

100

100

100

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

Dorset

88

100

100

100

0

86

96

100

100

0

Durham

19

32

83

100

0

87

90

97

100

0

Dyfed-Powys

99

100

100

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

Essex

59

82

98

100

0

44

57

74

100

0

Gloucester

36

59

83

100

0

40

57

81

100

0

Greater Manchester

40

55

73

100

0

24

44

74

86

14

Gwent

28

55

80

98

2

77

91

100

100

0

Hampshire

61

78

94

100

0

94

97

100

100

0

Hertfordshire

44

65

100

100

0

93

100

100

100

0

Humberside

16

42

87

100

0

23

41

50

87

13

Kent

59

94

100

100

0

27

49

88

100

0

Lancashire

32

44

84

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

Leicestershire

38

54

76

98

2

64

72

81

96

4

Lincolnshire

75

83

88

100

0

67

77

82

100

0

Merseyside

37

74

100

100

0

44

58

89

100

0

Metropolitan

51

58

70

97

3

78

91

100

100

0

Norfolk

15

25

56

100

0

54

64

93

100

0

North Wales

2

6

62

100

0

65

80

95

100

0

North Yorkshire

100

100

100

100

0

64

90

100

100

0

Northamptonshire

100

100

100

100

o

59

87

100

100

0

Northumbria

36

71

84

99

1

55

69

77

93

7

Nottinghamshire

12

23

57

100

0

90

100

100

100

0

Police Service Northern Ireland

100

100

100

100

0

100

100

100

100

0

South Wales

28

51

79

100

0

79

96

100

100

0

South Yorkshire

9

23

83

100

0

42

81

100

100

0

Staffordshire

31

46

57

88

12

36

48

82

100

0

Suffolk

72

83

93

97

3

4

22

67

100

0

Surrey

37

50

80

100

0

49

68

95

100

0

Sussex

10

20

48

100

0

87

97

100

100

0

Thames Valley

8

18

67

100

0

74

85

99

100

0

Warwickshire

60

83

100

100

0

84

96

100

100

0

West Mercia

100

100

100

100

0

83

92

100

100

0

West Midlands

77

89

97

100

0

83

87

89

100

0

West Yorkshire

23

50

87

100

0

54

76

93

100

0

Wiltshire

70

84

100

100

0

85

91

100

100

0

1 The 60 day achievement for 2007-08 is an eleven-month calculation (April 2007-February 2008) as the calculation for the March 2008 achievement cannot be made until 60 days have elapsed since month-end.