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Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department’s policy is on employing former prisoners. (246348)

The information is not held centrally in the form requested. The Department’s policy for recruitment follows the Civil Service Management Code. A criminal conviction or prison sentence does not in itself prevent an individual from being employed by the Department: decisions are based on suitability for employment based on the nature of any convictions and the role for which they are being considered, and taking into account legal requirements concerning rehabilitation of offenders. The details of the character enquiries which would show unspent convictions are held on individual personal files, and the number of those who may have served a prison sentence could be established only at disproportionate cost.