§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the delays in Criminal Records Bureau checks on(a) social workers, (b) other social care staff and (c) voluntary health organisations working with children; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
I am aware of the current delays in processing checks by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). The Department is working across government with the CRB to minimise the effect this has on workers in all sectors who require checks.