Criminal Records: EU Action

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the European Criminal Records Information System has been used by UK authorities to exchange criminal conviction information since it was introduced; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) started operation on 27 April 2012. The UK is currently operational with eight other member states. The number of transactions between the UK and these member states are set out in the following table. For notifications in and notifications out, it is not possible to separate the number of new convictions from the number of updates to old convictions.

  ECRIS
Country Requests out Requests in Notifications out Notifications in
Austria 19 81 4 13
Estonia 14 0 22 0
France 102 114 132 963
Germany 107 228 62 171
Lithuania 292 4 763 1
Poland 587 54 1128 25
Romania 349 6 844 1
Spain 111 8 52 516
Total 1,581 495 3,007 1,690
Notes: 1. ‘Notifications in’ concern Britons who have been convicted abroad, or updates to previous convictions. 2. ‘Notifications out’ concern EU nationals who have been convicted in the UK, or updates to previous convictions. 3. ‘Requests in’ concern an EU country which is seeking the previous convictions of a UK national who is being prosecuted their jurisdiction. 4. ‘Requests out’ concern the UK seeking the previous convictions of an EU national who is being prosecuted in the UK.

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