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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-14more like thismore than 2016-04-14
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Vetting more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of introducing competition into the Disclosure and Barring Service; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vauxhall more like this
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Kate Hoey more like this
star this property uin 34035 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
star this property answer text <p>The Disclosure and Barring Service is a non-departmental public body which provides access to appropriate criminal record information for employers through its disclosure service for England and Wales. It also makes independent barring decisions about people who have harmed, or where there is considered to be a risk of harm to, a child or vulnerable person within the workplace. Given the sensitive nature of this work and the reliance on police forces to provide locally held intelligence, it would not be appropriate to introduce competition.</p><p>Whilst no assessment has been made of the affect of timeliness on the number of job opportunities which may have been lost, the impact which delays may have on applicants is recognised. The DBS is reliant on police forces completing their checks in a timely manner and is working closely with those forces whose performance does not meet turnaround time targets. In very exceptional cases, where it is apparent that a delay is likely to cause undue hardship to an applicant, the DBS will do all it can to expedite the process by raising an escalation with the relevant police force.</p><p>The average end to end time taken to complete a DBS check, including the time taken by police forces, is listed in following table.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Average calendar days for a disclosure to be processed</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>13/14</p></td><td><p>11.5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>14/15</p></td><td><p>14.4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>15/16</p></td><td><p>14.5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The proportion of checks which took longer than (a) eight weeks (b) 12 weeks and (c) six months is listed in the following table.</p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>Disclosures which took longer than 8 weeks</p></td><td><p>Disclosures which took longer than 12 weeks</p></td><td><p>Disclosures which took longer than 6 Months</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>% of Disclosures</p></td><td><p>% of Disclosures</p></td><td><p>% of Disclosures</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>13/14</p></td><td><p>2.6%</p></td><td><p>0.8%</p></td><td><p>0.0%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>14/15</p></td><td><p>4.9%</p></td><td><p>2.1%</p></td><td><p>0.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>15/16</p></td><td><p>5.2%</p></td><td><p>3.5%</p></td><td><p>0.3%</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
star this property answering member constituency Staffordshire Moorlands remove filter
star this property answering member printed Karen Bradley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Karen Bradley more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kate Hoey remove filter