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Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent representations his Department has received on (a) the time taken to process Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and (b) the effect of delays in CRB checks on the recruitment of staff in the health and social care sector; (280488)

(2) how long it took on average to process each type of Criminal Records Bureau check in each of the last four quarters.

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) receives inquiries from applicants, employers and others acting on their behalf across all employment and voluntary sectors on a regular basis.

Data concerning the average time taken to complete a disclosure are not a performance target and are not collated by the CRB. Average figures do not give an accurate indication of performance, since any force’s performance can be affected by a number of factors, including the volume of cases sent to a force to process in any given month, the number of staff available to process the checks and the IT resources on hand to forces. With these variables, performance can fluctuate within individual forces from one month to the next.