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Departmental Vetting

Volume 498: debated on Thursday 29 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees in his Department and its agencies in England and Wales were subject to basic disclosure checks undertaken by Disclosure Scotland in each year since 2002. (294161)

The ‘Disclosure Scotland’ checks were introduced in the Home Office in November 2008; therefore, no checks were undertaken before then. In 2008, a total of 83 permanent members of staff and 180 contractors were checked through ‘Disclosure Scotland’. In 2009 (up to 16 October 2009), 1,001 permanent staff and 2,060 contractors were checked. This information will probably include employees and contractors based in Scotland and Northern Ireland as our records are unable to differentiate between areas of the country for these particular data.

Additionally, this information relates to the core Home Office, UK Border Agency, Criminal Records Bureau and the Identity and Passport Service. It does not include non-departmental government bodies which the Home Office may ‘sponsor’.