HC Deb 17 March 1988 vol 129 cc663-4W
Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the name of a constituent of the hon. Member for Basingstoke, the name of whom has been forwarded to him, whose conviction by court martial was quashed by the Courts Martial Appeals Court in 1963, has not been removed from the criminal records of the national identification bureau.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

As my noble Friend Lord Ferrers explained to the hon. Member in his letter of 9 March 1988, the conviction of his constituent by court martial has been retained on the records of the national identification bureau because it has not been notified of the result of any appeal. The bureau is now seeking further information from the prosecuting authority, following my hon. Friend's representation on behalf of his constituent.

Mr. Hunter

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what individuals, organisations or authorities have, since 1963, had access to the criminal records of the national identification bureau; and in what circumstances.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

The national identification bureau does not release details of criminal records to outside organisations except where disclosure is clearly in the public interest. On this basis, such information may be released, from time to time, depending on the particular circumstances of the case, to any of the following organisations:

  • Central Government Departments
  • Local Authorities
  • Foreign Governments (under Interpol arrangements)
  • Police Forces
  • Prosecuting Authorities
  • Courts
  • Judges
  • Magistrates
  • Prison Service
  • Probation Service
  • 664
  • Hospitals
  • Banks
  • Lawyers
  • Research Organisations
  • British Telecom
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Post Office
  • Police Complaints Authority
  • General Medical Council and other similar professional organisations
  • Official Receiver
  • Traffic Commissioners
  • Criminal Injury Compensation Board
  • Crown Agents
  • Crown Estate Commissioners
  • National Museums and Galleries
  • Royal Mint
  • United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Information is also released on application to individuals under the subject access provisions of the Data Protection Act 1984.

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