asked Her Majesty's Government:
In relation to inserted Section 5A(11) in Regulation 6 of the Veterinary Surgeons' Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations 2008 (SI 2008/1824), whether a statute of limitations applying in the United Kingdom to a United Kingdom offence, or elsewhere in relation to an offence committed elsewhere, will be deemed sufficient cause to omit a declaration of that offence.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 deems that certain convictions (including convictions by or before courts outside Great Britain) can be considered to be spent and do not have to be declared after a given period. That period varies according to the original penalty imposed. However, by virtue of Schedule 1, Part 1, paragraph (5) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (S.I. No. 1975/1023) and subsequent amendments, veterinary surgeons (among other professionals) are excepted from the effect of the 1974 Act. A conviction must, therefore, be declared under Article 5A(11) of the Veterinary Surgeons' Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations (S.I. No. 2008/1824) regardless of where and when it was committed.