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Foreign Workers: Vetting

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to improve access to international conviction data to improve checks on workers from overseas in the UK. (287915)

Officials from my Department and the Criminal Records Bureau have reached an agreement in principle on sharing criminal record information with Australia and New Zealand for employment vetting purposes. We are also in ongoing discussions with France and Ireland.

Under the terms of EU Council Framework Decision 2009/315/JHA the United Kingdom can, when an individual is seeking a copy of their own criminal record, ask the member state of nationality or previous residence for such information and related data. If such a request is made, the requested member state shall reply in accordance with its national law. Member states, including the United Kingdom, are required to take the necessary measures to comply with this Framework Decision by 27 April 2012.