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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the Breaking the Circle report of the review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. (213952)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1111W. The Government undertook a review of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act in 2002 and published the document “Breaking the Circle” which set out proposals for reform of the Act. That paper made proposals for modifying disclosure periods for offences, and other changes to the operation of the Act. In 2003 the Government agreed that the proposals had merit and proposed to legislate when parliamentary time allowed. The position is now under review in the light of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, which was based on the recommendations of the Bichard report, and which makes changes to the disclosure situation for ex-offenders in many areas of employment.