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Defence written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 891W, on vetting, which other Government Departments use the Defence Vetting Agency for vetting (a) applicants for security clearance and (b) employees.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Defence Vetting Agency (DVA) undertakes the role of an approved Shared Service Provider for various Other Governments Departments (OGDs). The DVA reflects the relationship between itself and these repayment customers in a series of Customer Supplier Agreements. Applications for vetting can cover both direct employees and staff undergoing the recruitment process but also, contractor personnel engaged in support of Government approved contracts. The DVA presently conducts selected personnel security vetting inquiries for the following:

British Telecommunications Plc

Competition Commission

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Crown Prosecution Service

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Department for Children, Schools and Families

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Department for Transport

Department for Work and Pensions

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Department of Health

ESTYN (HM Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales)

Export Credits Guarantee Department

Financial Services Authority

Food Standards Agency

Gambling Commission (parent organisation—Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Health and Safety Executive

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Treasury

Home Office (incorporating the Association of Chief Police Officers)

Metropolitan Police Service

Ministry of Justice

National Archives

National Assembly for Wales

National Audit Office

Northern Ireland Office

O2(UK) Plc

Olympic Delivery Authority

Office for Civil Nuclear Security

Office for Standards in Education

Office for the Gas and Electricity Markets

Office of Communications

Office of Fair Trading

Office of Government Commerce

Ordnance Survey

Registers of Scotland

Royal Mail Group

Scottish Court Service

Scottish Government

Serious Fraud Office

Serious Organised Crime Agency

Stabilisation Unit (parent organisation—Department for International Development)

The Treasury Solicitor.

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