Criminal Records Bureau — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:21 pm on 21 March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Minister of State, Home Department 3:21, 21 March 2012

My Lords, my noble friend is right to draw attention to the importance of trust. He is also right to draw attention to the very high number of certificates that have been issued. This is a matter that we have been addressing in the course of the Protection of Freedoms Bill. I refer my noble friend to the impact assessment of last year on that Bill, which estimated that there would be a reduction of some 50 per cent in the number of such certificates being issued, dropping from about 3.7 million a year to something like 1.7 million. I think that is a step in the right direction.