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Vetting

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2010, Official Report, column 90W, on independent safeguarding authority, what proportion of the population has been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check. (318318)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) cannot determine what proportion of the population has been subject to a CRB check as the Bureau only provides this service to employers based in England and Wales. The following table shows the number of CRB certificates issued in each financial year since its inception in 2002:

Financial year

Total certificates issued

2002-03

1,437,094

2003-04

2,284,688

2004-05

2,430,937

2005-06

2,770,265

2006-07

3,277,957

2007-08

3,323,251

2008-09

3,855,881

2009-10

3,215,409

The CRB cannot determine how many applicants these certificates relate to as applicants can apply more than once for a check in any one period. These figures are calculated by financial year and information for 2009-10 contains the figures up to December 2009. The full financial year’s figure will not be available until after March 2010.