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Vetting

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many checks have been carried out on Northern Ireland residents by the Criminal Records Bureau in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement; (220056)

(2) on how many occasions information provided by the Criminal Records Bureau in respect of Northern Ireland residents has proved to be erroneous in each of the last five years; by what means the errors were discovered in each case; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.

The information sought by the hon. Member is not available. The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is unable to provide information on Disclosure applications based on geographical areas.

The CRB would need to perform a manual trawl, at disproportionate cost, of each application to ascertain whether the postcode falls within Northern Ireland, in order to identify how many checks have been carried out on Northern Ireland residents by the CRB and on how many occasions the information provided by the CRB has proved to be in error in each of the last five years.