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Criminal Records Bureau: Standards

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the career prospects of individuals of having unsubstantiated allegations on their Criminal Records Bureau disclosures. (246040)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) does not hold criminal records or records of allegations. Rather, in processing disclosure applications, the CRB obtains information held by the police service and from lists held by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department of Health (DoH).

Therefore, although the CRB does not know how many individuals are the subject of unsubstantiated allegations on their disclosures, the Bureau is aware of the impact such allegations can have on an applicant's career prospects.

It is for this reason that the CRB has issued a range of guidance, and a code of practice, to those who use the CRB service to ensure that, where conviction or non-conviction exists, it is discussed fairly and transparently.

The CRB operates a disputes procedure where disclosed data can be challenged by an applicant, although the retention or disposal of intelligence material held by the police is entirely a matter for the chief officer.