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Criminal Records: Teachers

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal record checks were carried out in relation to supply teachers in the last 12 months; what the annual cost of carrying out those checks was; and if she will make a statement. (256734)

From 1 January to 31 December 2008, the latest year for which data are available, the number of disclosure applications processed by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) for individuals who have stated on their application forms the position they have applied for is a supply teacher is 44,083. The overall cost of these disclosures, assuming they were at the enhanced level, is £1,585,302 and this cost is recovered by fees.