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Offenders: Employment

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Leader of the House what her Office's policy is on the employment of former prisoners. (253809)

I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Cabinet Office on 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 872W. The Leader’s Office is part of the Cabinet Office.

The Cabinet Office 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.