HC Deb 21 January 2003 vol 398 cc293-4W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment(a) his Department and (b) the Criminal Records Bureau made of the adequacy of advice about what proofs of identity can be used in disclosure applications. [90115]

Hilary Benn

Decisions about the arrangements for checking the identity of disclosure applicants are a matter for the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). In formulating their policy, the Bureau took account of the experience of a number of other organisations, most notably the United Kingdom Passport Service, (UKPS)

Hilary Benn

The following appropriate extracts from the Contract between Capita and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), inclusive of necessary definitions of processing Service Levels are listed. The times allowed are for the Capita part of the process—the overall CRB service elements of the process leading to the overall published CRB service standards.

who have a long and notable record of achievement in this area. The CRB also wished, in line with the Modernising Government agenda, to place less reliance on paper documentation and greater reliance on electronic access to private and public sector databases. It has also sought to depend on face-to-face identity checks by registered bodies wherever possible.