[holding answer 12 October 2009]: Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding. Data are not fully available in the format requested. Total applications in progress for the last four years on the latest date for which figures are available are:
As at 30 September each year: Total applications in progress 2009 266,023 2008 274,618 2007 142,031 2006 213,130
As at 30 September each year:
Total applications in progress
These figures represent the total number of applications that were being processed as at 30 September in the last four years but do not show the length of time each individual application has been in the system.
Applications for registration under the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) are processed by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). The target date for all applications for registration to be processed by the CRB is within seven days of receipt.
The Independent Safeguarding Authority is involved only if the registration process indicates that criminal records or other information must be considered.