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Vetting: Maladministration

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the ethnicity of those people who have been incorrectly designated as having a criminal conviction by the Criminal Records Bureau since the Bureau’s inception is; (262472)

(2) how many of those incorrectly designated as having a criminal conviction by the Criminal Records Bureau since the Bureau’s inception have received compensation; and how much has been awarded in compensation.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) does not capture the ethnicity of applicants applying for disclosures. This information is not relevant to any of the searches done against the police national computer (PNC) or other data sources.

The CRB operates a redress scheme in line with Cabinet Office guidelines. Where there is evidence of maladministration on the part of the bureau when processing a disclosure application, a consolatory payment is made to the applicant. Information regarding how many applicants have received a consolatory payment following an incorrect match to a record held on the PNC and how much was awarded is not available.