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Home Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of application backlogs at the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) receives around 4 million disclosure

applications a year and provides the Home Office with monthly updates on its

performance. Latest data for the 2014-15 operational year, covering the period

from April 2014 to January 2015, shows that 95.4% of disclosure certificates

were issued within 40 working days - well above the DBS service standard to

issue 88% of all disclosures within this time.

A key aspect of DBS administration is to ensure that disclosure checks are both

accurate and completed within service standard timescales. In the small

proportion of cases where checks have not been completed within these

timescales, the DBS is expected to take the necessary steps to progress the

case including, as appropriate, working with the police and other parties

involved in the checking process.

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