Vetting

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 January 2015 to Question 216757, on vetting, what the average time to process applications has been in each month since January 2014; and what the cost of bringing in additional personnel to help deal with the high volume of applications has been.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Holding answer received on 26 January 2015

The tables below give the average number of days taken to complete: Security Clearance (SC) and Counter-terrorist checks (CTC) - Table 1; and Developed vetting (DV) - Table 2, for both the Ministry of Defence and Other Government Departments. Each table gives performance against both routine cases and those specifically identified by the customer as requiring priority treatment. The tables show both the gross period of time taken, i.e. the time between initiating and completing the clearance and, within this, the net period, measuring the average number of days for which the case was being actively managed by Defence Business Services (DBS). The latter discounts periods when DBS is awaiting inputs from third party suppliers, and is the basis on which performance targets are set for DBS.

SC & CTC Routine

Volume

Gross

Net

SC & CTC Priority

Volume

Gross

Net

January-2014

8,579

28

19

January-2014

253

9

2

February-2014

7,640

27

16

February-2014

202

11

2

March-2014

7,856

30

19

Mach-2014

216

12

3

April-2014

7,429

32

22

April-2014

131

17

3

May-2014

7,148

34

23

May-2014

111

15

3

June-2014

8,763

35

23

June-2014

146

18

3

July-2014

5,897

41

25

July-2014

105

24

3

August-2014

5,108

46

25

August-2014

108

24

3

September-2014

8,317

59

26

September-2014

161

45

2

October-2014

8,203

61

26

October-2014

173

41

4

November-2014

9,198

51

28

November-2014

154

27

6

December-2014

6,720

46

28

December-2014

119

23

6

2014 Total

90,858

41

23

2014 Total

1,879

21

3

The performance target for SC and CTC cases is to process 85% of routine cases within 25 days (net), and 95% of priority cases within 10 days (net).

DV Routine

Volume

Gross

Net

DV Priority

Volume

Gross

Net

January-2014

860

98

73

January-2014

50

31

17

February-2014

795

96

74

February-2014

47

26

20

March-2014

927

98

76

March-2014

64

25

17

April-2014

720

111

85

April-2014

38

28

18

May-2014

586

118

84

May-2014

37

37

19

June-2014

603

123

88

June-2014

37

30

17

July-2014

682

120

83

July-2014

43

27

18

August-2014

650

120

81

August-2014

47

37

19

September-2014

890

147

114

September-2014

34

43

23

October-2014

945

143

108

October-2014

52

35

19

November-2014

982

133

95

November-2014

43

30

18

December-2014

972

122

92

December-2014

44

26

18

2014 Total

9,612

120

88

2014 Total

536

31

19

The performance target for DV cases is to process 85% of routine cases within 95 days, and 95% of priority cases within 30 days.

An additional £1.2 million has been spent on personnel costs by DBS to help manage the higher demand to reduce the impact on customers and the introduction of new services.

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