Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (398)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

398. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill; the timeframe for completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14762/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 has passed Committee Stage in the Dáil, having passed all stages in the Seanad. My intention is to have the Bill enacted and commenced at the earliest possible date. Before the Bill could be taken at Report Stage, however, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and in the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has now been completed and it is expected that it will be possible to complete the passage of the Bill later this year.