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Vetting: Councillors

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) Independent Safeguarding Authority and (b) Criminal Records Bureau has provided guidance to local authorities on the undertaking of checks in respect of councillors. (308691)

It is the Home Office, working with other Government Departments, rather than the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Criminal Records, which is responsible for preparing guidance on the operation of the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

The Home Office is working with the Department for Communities and Local Government and policy leads in the Department of Health/Department of Children Schools and Families to produce specific guidance on the requirements introduced by the Vetting and Barring Scheme for elected members and other local authority officials. Information on the Vetting and Barring scheme has been issued that allows individuals and organisations to assess where they fall under the scheme. This is being supplemented by comprehensive generic guidance and sector specific guidance where required. All of the guidance will be in place by July 2010.