The police must ensure there is "sustained action" to deliver a national IT intelligence system without delays, according to the Bichard Inquiry into the Soham murders.
Sir Michael Bichard, chairman of the inquiry, has called upon the government to ensure that a national IT intelligence system and a registration or barring scheme for those working with children is delivered on time, by 2007.
The conclusions form part of his review of the government's work to date in implementing the inquiry’s recommendations.
Although they reflect some progress across government, in social services and in school recruitment procedures, since he first reported in June 2004, he also warned about the need for sustained action to deliver a national IT intelligence system, the number one recommendation in his original report.
He also noted slow progress in the timeliness of police inputting information on to the Police National Computer.
The Bichard Inquiry followed the conviction of Ian Huntley for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Bichard said, "In respect of the most important recommendations - the National IT system and a registration or barring scheme for those working with children, a great deal remains to be done before we can claim success.
"Although there is a commitment to a police national IT intelligence system, central budget provision and a strategic [high-level] business case, its successful delivery is by no means guaranteed without a detailed business case and the delay in providing this is a concern to me.
"Police performance on putting data on to the PNC about arrests and summons in particular has not improved significantly or, in some respects, at all. That has been a long standing problem and it is disappointing that after all this time, more has not been achieved."
However, Bichard highlighted progress on on-line training for teachers involved in interviews/selection for posts in schools, and a new code for inputting data on to the Police National Computer.