In Parliament today, Black Country MP John Spellar demanded action from Ministers on reforming the ‘discredited’ Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Responding to an Urgent Question, Spellar pointed out that the 2017 Lammy Report and 2019 Gallagher Judgement of the Supreme Court pointed out the systemic flaws in the DBS system and slammed the Government for ‘the pathetic response emanating from the Home Office is that they are “considering the Supreme Court judgement and will set out a response in due course.”’

He added that, ‘As we face mass unemployment, the unacceptable burden of disadvantage and discrimination will get worse. The Justice Department know this is wrong – what are they going to do about it?’

ENDS

Video of the Exchange: https://www.facebook.com/johnspellar/videos/271314087528072/

 

John Spellar: Frankly Minister, while we certainly need data, we also need decisions and action. Page 62 onward of the Lammy Report takes on the discredited Disclosure and Barring Scheme. That was in 2017. The Supreme Court added its criticisms in January 2019. Yet, the pathetic response emanating from the Home Office is that they are “considering the Supreme Court judgement and will set out a response in due course.” Meanwhile, now, as we face mass unemployment, the unacceptable burden of disadvantage and discrimination will get worse. The Justice Department know this is wrong – what are they going to do about it?

Minister Chalk: I’m grateful to the Rt. Hon. Gentleman for raising that point and he’s right that in January 2019 there was the Gallagher judgement from the Supreme Court. Judgements of the Supreme Court have to be implemented by this place – that’s how it works in our society and we will do that without delay. Can I just make the wider point – there is a balance that we have to strike – those who commit crime need to be held accountable for their actions – and that sometimes means in their records, but we also need to make sure that people can be rehabilitated and get on and build a brighter future.

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