598. Information as to spent convictions and spent cautions.

Subject to a number of specific exceptions1, where a question seeking information with regard to a person's previous convictions2, cautions3, offences, conduct or circumstances is put to him or to any other person otherwise than in proceedings before a judicial authority4:


    (1)     the question is to be treated as not relating to spent convictions5 or spent cautions6 or to any circumstances ancillary to spent convictions or cautions