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FOI Response concerning the ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) and the UK Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records

12089 We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:  (a) what was the rationale for the Home Office…

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We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following: 
(a) what was the rationale for the Home Office agreeing to the nomination of ACPO Criminal Records Office (ACRO) to perform the role of the UKCA-ECR? (ACPO is a private limited company and not an official government/public body).

(b) Were Ministers aware of and briefed on the legal status of ACPO before agreeing to its nomination as the UKCA-ECR?

(c) Given that the Police National Computer is operated by NPIA (a public agency), why was it resolved to use ACRO rather than NPIA to be the UKCA-ECR?

(d) What are the estimated annual costs of the UKCA-ECR, how are these costs covered and which Ministry/Department is responsible for paying them?

(e) Is the provision of the UKCA-ECR service by ACRO undertaken under a contract and if so which Ministry/Department placed the contract?

We released the following information on 16 June 2009.