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11. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the current delay in completing Report Stage of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012. [6984/15]

Answer

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: I recognise the interest in this House in the Bill and the need to have it enacted. I intend to bring the amendments to the House before the summer. There was a new situation, following on from the case to which the Deputy referred, before the Bill could be taken on Report Stage. 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 the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has been completed and amendments to the vetting Act and consequential amendments to the spent convictions Bill are being drafted. I recognise how important this is for individuals and the difference progressing this legislation could make to their lives. The amendments are being worked on and I will be bringing them forward before the summer.