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Vetting

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) standard and (b) enhanced checks from the Criminal Records Bureau were outstanding on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many such checks were outstanding on the same date in each year since 1997. (290143)

[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

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of people seeking registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority under the vetting and barring scheme in the next five years. (298491)

It is estimated that up to 11.3 million people will join the vetting and barring scheme over five years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average he expects it to take for an application for registration under the vetting and barring scheme to be processed by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. (298492)

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.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those convicted of (a) killing and (b) abusing children who were (i) known and (ii) not known to the victim had been subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check in each of the last five years. (298771)

[holding answer 9 November 2009]: The Criminal Records Bureau does not hold this information.