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Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department provides to employers in receipt of information from enhanced Criminal Record Bureau checks on assessment of the nature of the data provided. (311137)

There are a number of published guidelines issued to organisations undertaking Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, all of which are available on the CRB website at:

The CRB regularly provide advice and guidance to registered organisations relating to best practice through its customer newsletter and the website.

The CRB advises organisations that certificates should be kept securely, in lockable, non-portable, storage containers with access strictly controlled and limited to those who are entitled to see it as part of their duties.

It is a requirement of the CRB's code of practice that all registered organisations must treat applicants who have a criminal record fairly and do not discriminate because of a conviction or other information revealed. Organisations are also advised not to make their recruitment decision solely on the contents of a certificate.

The CRB obliges registered organisations to have a written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders' a copy of which can be given to applicants at the outset of the recruitment process.