In Parliament today, Black Country MP John Spellar urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to back reforms to the Disclosure and Barring System.

Spellar said the DBS ‘is a major obstacle to people turning their lives around,’ branding it ‘inefficient, unfair and, frankly, discriminatory.’

‘We don’t need any more commissions or inquiries’ declared Spellar, ‘. The Lammy Report dealt with this in some depth – nearly two years ago … We need action. And an end to the endless Home Office obstruction and delay.’

After the exchange, Spellar added: “The Prime Minister missed an opportunity today. Unfortunately he seems to be listening to the out of touch deadbeats in the Home Office rather than clearing up a massive injustice – one recognised by many of his Conservative backbenchers.”

ENDS

John Spellar: Prime Minister, the rehabilitation of offenders is supported right the way across the political spectrum. Yet the current operation of the Disclosure and Barring Service is a major obstacle to people turning their lives around. It is inefficient, unfair and, frankly, discriminatory. The Lammy Report dealt with this in some depth – nearly two years ago. So, we don’t need any more commissions or inquiries. We need action. And an end to the endless Home Office obstruction and delay. You can break this logjam Prime Minister. Will you do it?

Prime Minister: Any MP will have very hard cases caused by the DBS system. It is important for the protection of children and young people, but we are considering the Supreme Court’s judgement and will be setting out a response in due course.

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