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Home Department written question – answered on 21st April 2009.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) how many and (b) what percentage of record checks processed by the Criminal Records Bureau were completed (i) within (A) 10, (B) 14, (C) 25, (D) 60 and (ii) in over 60 days in each police force area in 2008-09.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) operates to a set of published service standards (PSS) which are to issue 90 per cent. of standard disclosures within 10 days and 90 per cent. of enhanced disclosures within 28 days.

The targets mentioned above are not CRB targets for completion of a disclosure but part of an internal service level agreement (SLA) in place between the CRB and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). This SLA has been agreed by ACPO on behalf of the 43 local police forces in England and Wales and the time taken by each force to complete their part of the enhanced disclosure process is measured against these targets. By meeting these targets the police forces directly affect the CRB's ability to meet the PSS for enhanced disclosures.

The following table illustrates the number of checks completed by each police force in 10 days, 14 days, 25 days, 60 days and over 60 days during 2008-09.

Checks completed in 10 days or fewer Checks completed in 11-14 days Checks completed in 15-25 days Checks completed in 26-60 days Checks completed in 61 or more days Total c hecks c ompleted
Police force No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No.
Avon and Somerset 73,190 57.9 28,733 22.7 10,657 8.4 13,521 10.7 305 0.2 126,406
Bedfordshire 50,202 97.5 802 1.6 425 0.8 64 0.1 0 0.0 51,493
British Transport Police 4,645 15.0 9,745 31.5 14,007 45.3 2,517 8.1 33 0.1 30,947
Cambridgeshire 39,848 58.2 1,775 2.6 1,190 1.7 21,384 31.2 4,321 6.3 68,518
Cheshire 21,901 26.9 22,406 27.5 18,114 22.2 16,220 19.9 2,811 3.5 81,452
City of London 2,025 55.0 119 3 9 280 7.6 1,010 27.5 245 6.7 3,679
Cleveland 29,634 74.6 511 1.3 1,629 4.1 7,471 18.8 499 1.3 39,744
Cumbria 23,329 64.9 7,405 20.6 4,738 13.2 455 1.3 5 0.0 35,932
Derbyshire 10,712 13.7 6,335 8.1 47,965 61.3 10,376 13.3 2,862 3.7 78,250
Devon and Cornwall 118,346 86.3 13,644 10.0 3,293 2.4 1,432 1.0 377 0.3 137,092
Dorset 55,815 93.3 3,715 6.2 160 0.3 98 0.2 23 0.0 59,811
Durham 40,010 88.3 1,300 2.9 2,579 5.7 1,199 2.6 248 0.5 45,336
Dyfed-Powys 36,527 85.7 4,909 11.5 1,027 2.4 176 0.4 3 0.0 42,642
Essex 91,464 72.2 8,796 6.9 12,257 9.7 12,232 9.7 1,900 1.5 126,649
Gloucester 41,280 86.4 2,143 4.5 1,875 3.9 580 1.2 1,907 4.0 47,785
Greater Manchester 151,002 68.4 16,140 7.3 18,320 8.3 20,054 9.1 15,373 7.0 220,889
Guernsey 561 48.0 462 39.6 115 9.8 29 2.5 1 0.1 1,168
Gwent 26,399 67.6 3,559 9.1 4,046 10.4 4,575 11.7 456 1.2 39,035
Hampshire 112,088 72.3 1,767 1.1 5,078 3.3 32,565 21.0 3,552 2.3 155,050
Hertfordshire 79,706 87.4 5,754 6.3 4,199 4.6 1,406 1.5 136 0.1 91,201
Humberside 6,467 10.0 463 0.7 7,523 11.7 36,902 57.3 13,033 20.2 64,388
Isle of Man 101 6.4 14 0.9 285 18.0 1,143 72.0 44 2.8 1,587
Jersey 146 8.1 8 0.4 342 19.1 1,240 69.1 59 3.3 1,795
Kent 80,997 63.2 23,443 18.3 15,950 12.4 6,290 4.9 1,458 1.1 128,138
Lancashire 105,631 88.3 8,010 6.7 4,720 3.9 1,272 1.1 14 0.0 119,647
Leicestershire 45,668 56.4 6,099 7.5 9,834 12.1 5,289 6.5 14,148 17.5 81,038
Lincolnshire 46,184 56.2 3,078 3.7 5,024 6.1 27,172 33.0 790 1.0 82,248
Merseyside 93,307 77.5 5,237 4.4 14,961 12.4 6,587 5.5 245 0.2 120,337
Metropolitan 221,050 36.0 48,262 7.9 65,958 10.8 152,762 24.9 125,294 20.4 613,326
Norfolk 40,924 64.3 8,507 13.4 7,112 11.2 5,145 8.1 1,990 3.1 63,678
North Wales 46,169 75.3 2,889 4.7 5,035 8.2 6,001 9.8 1,247 2.0 61,341
North Yorkshire 27,015 36.5 14,130 19.1 24,189 32.6 8,774 11.8 3 0.0 74,111
Northamptonshire 45,392 80.2 5,308 9.4 5,256 9.3 586 1.0 23 0.0 56,565
Northumbria 72,802 70.3 7,281 7.0 13,236 12.8 6,318 6.1 3,871 3.7 103,508
Nottinghamshire 46,436 60.5 19,744 25.7 7,941 10.3 1,913 2.5 708 0.9 76,742
PSNI 13,421 98.0 43 0.3 117 0.9 109 0.8 3 0.0 13,693
South Wales 78,374 85.6 3,512 3.8 1,647 1.8 3,761 4.1 4,239 4.6 91,533
South Yorkshire 62,443 69.0 7,951 8.8 2,114 2.3 6,041 6.7 11,957 13.2 90,506
Staffordshire 23,575 29.0 18,535 22.8 13,972 17.2 7,704 9.5 17,616 21.6 81,402
Suffolk 16,247 31.9 3,949 7.8 13,404 26.3 13,476 26.5 3,821 7.5 50,897
Surrey 74,046 72.5 9,299 9.1 8,650 8.5 5,578 5.5 4,500 4.4 102,073
Sussex 65,760 51.8 29,087 22.9 27,519 21.7 4,549 3.6 8 0.0 126,923
Thames Valley 38,595 20.4 18,924 10.0 37,864 20.0 78,487 41.5 15,213 8.0 189,083
Warwickshire 36,006 89.7 1,523 3.8 1,456 3.6 1,115 2.8 22 0.1 40,122
West Mercia 87,990 84.8 7,034 6.8 6,680 6.4 1,834 1.8 195 0.2 103,733
West Midlands 85,224 38.2 35,247 15.8 64,367 28.9 14,248 6.4 23,752 10.7 222,838
West Yorkshire 81,315 49.6 16,057 9.8 29,465 18.0 36,932 22.5 147 0.1 163,916
Wiltshire 37,242 72.1 2,246 4.3 408 0.8 3,479 6.7 8,289 16.0 51,664
MOD and PGA 2,121 95.4 56 2.5 35 1.6 11 0.5 0 0.0 2,223
Royal Military Police 12,698 91.2 379 2.7 457 3.3 268 1.9 127 0.9 13,929
Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency 23 44.2 5 9.6 8 15.4 10 19.2 6 11.5 52
UK Central Authority 29 93.5 2 6.5 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 31
Central 892 47.2 300 15.9 333 17.6 351 18.6 14 0.7 1,890
Dumfries and Galloway 991 43.3 355 15.5 460 20.1 466 20.3 19 0.8 2,291
Fife 1,114 44.9 370 14.9 469 18.9 504 20.3 25 1.0 2,482
Grampian 1,902 44.1 595 13.8 880 20.4 893 20.7 42 1.0 4,312
Lothian and Borders 4,173 46.4 1,343 14.9 1,709 19.0 1,714 19.1 48 0.5 8,987
Northern 1,183 46.4 366 14.3 435 17.1 447 17.5 120 4.7 2,551
Scottish Criminal Records Office 739 43.7 256 15.1 303 17.9 349 20.6 45 2.7 1,692
Strathclyde 6,053 45.5 1,965 14.8 2,412 18.1 2,759 20.7 127 1.0 13,316
Tayside 1,495 42.6 493 14.0 639 18.2 745 21.2 138 3.9 3,510
2,620,624 452,385 555,123 600,588 288,457 4,517,177

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