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Bichard Inquiry

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in implementing the Bichard Inquiry; what steps still require to be implemented; and when implementation is expected to be completed. (287913)

Good progress has been made in implementing Sir Michael Bichard’s recommendations. 22 of the 31 recommendations are now substantially delivered. The Government remain committed to implementation and action continues under various strands of work.

Much of this ongoing work relates to the larger, more complex projects within the Bichard programme. These include transmitting court results direct to the Police National Computer, delivering the IMPACT Programme to strengthen national police intelligence sharing capabilities, taking account of broader developments in identity management and establishing the Independent Safeguarding Authority to administer the new Vetting and Barring Scheme. All these projects are expected to be completed or to have made further substantial progress by the end of 2010.