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Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department's policy is on employing former prisoners. (246338)

The Department does not keep records of the numbers of ex-offenders employed.

All candidates are subject to fair Recruitment and Selection procedures, underpinned by our Equal Opportunities policy and the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Candidates are assessed according to suitability for the post. During normal security vetting procedures, the Head of Security will consider the nature of spent and unspent convictions and, so long as no security risk is identified, ex-offenders are not precluded from employment within HM Treasury.