The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that in certain circumstances criminal convictions are spent after a certain period1. Usually, a conviction which has become spent, or any circumstances ancillary thereto, or any failure to disclose a spent conviction or any such circumstances, will not be a proper ground for dismissing or excluding a person from any office, profession, occupation or employment, or for prejudicing him in any way in any occupation or employment2. This does not, however, apply to any work which is in a regulated position or work in a further education institution or 16 to 19
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