HC Deb 24 April 1998 vol 310 c704W
Dr. Starkey

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many entries on the Sex Offenders Register have been found to be inaccurate. [39645]

Mr. Michael

Ensuring that the data on the Register are accurate and up-to-date is a key concern of the police both at national and local level. Police forces have in place local arrangements for validating and auditing the data on a regular basis. This includes checking the whereabouts of convicted paedophiles to ensure that they are correctly registered. A number of national checks of data have also been run to identify any anomalies (such as registrations from those not required to register under the Act) which are then referred back to local forces for action.

Statistics about the accuracy of the Register in general terms are not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.