§ Mr. Pike
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration his Department has given to the project pilot schemes completed in September on "Protection of Children Disclosure of Criminal Background for the Voluntary Sector", in accordance with his Department's guidelines 58/1989; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The Home Office has received and considered a report from an independent researcher which evaluates the pilot schemes. The report is due to be published by the Volunteer Centre UK early next year. In response to the Home Office scrutiny of criminal records, the Government have announced their intention to publish a consultation paper towards the end of next year outlining their proposals for new arrangements for disclosing information from the criminal record.