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Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many former prisoners are employed by his Department; and what his Department's policy is on employing former prisoners. (246336)

The Cabinet Office does not hold central records on the number of its employees who have served prison sentences. Such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Department does not require applicants who have spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to provide details of those convictions when seeking employment. Applicants with current convictions are not precluded from taking up employment and each case is considered on the basis of individual circumstances.