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Forensic Science Service

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of tests by the Forensic Science Service in each region were completed within (a) four weeks, (b) six weeks, (c) two months and (d) three months in the last period for which figures are available; how many took more than three months; and if he will make a statement. (85354)

The percentage of cases completed by The Forensic Science Service (FSS) in each region within the timeframes specified is displayed in the attached tables, which distinguish between performance for the analysis of DNA suspect samples for inclusion on The National DNA Database, and scientific examinations conducted for forensic casework in respect of the range of offences investigated by police forces. The data is shown for 2005-06 and quarter one of 2006-07 (April to June 2006).

Table 1: 2005-06 percentage of tests completed by the FSS for forensic casework (exclusive of Road Traffic Alcohol cases)

Region

28 days

42 days

60 days

90 days

>90 days

London and South Region

70.2

82.2

89.9

95.8

4.2

comprising of:

Metropolitan Police Service; City of London; Norfolk; Suffolk; Lincoln; Cambridgeshire; Hertfordshire; Essex; Bedfordshire; Kent; Surrey and Sussex.

Midlands and Wales Region

85.9

94.3

97.5

99.2

0.8

comprising of:

West Midlands; Warwick; West Mercia; Northamptonshire; Derbyshire; Leicestershire; Devon and Cornwall; Avon and Somerset; Dorset; Wiltshire; Gloucestershire; Hampshire; Thames Valley Police; Gwent; South Wales Police; Dyfed Powys Police.

North and North West Region

78.8

91

96.7

99.3

0.7

comprising of:

Lancashire; Greater Manchester Police; Merseyside; Cheshire; Cumbria; North Wales Police; Stafford; Nottinghamshire; North Yorkshire Police; West Yorkshire Police; South Wales Police; Northumbria; Humberside; Cleveland; Durham.

Table 2: Quarter one 2006-07 (April to June 2006) Percentage of tests completed by the FSS for forensic casework (exclusive of Road Traffic Alcohol cases)

Region

28 days

42 days

60 days

90 days

>90 days

London and South Region

72.2

84.8

91.9

96.2

3.8

Midlands and Wales Region

88.7

95.2

98.1

99.4

0.6

North and North West Region

79.1

90.9

96.6

99.2

0.8

Table 3: 2005-06 Percentage of tests completed by the FSS for DNA suspect samples uploaded onto The National DNA Database

Region

28 days

42 days

60 days

90 days

>90 days

London and South Region

97.2

98.5

99.6

99.8

0.02

Midlands and Wales Region

98.8

98.9

99.5

99.6

0.04

North and North West Region.

99.4

99.8

99.9

99.9

0.01

Table 4: Quarter one 2006-07 (April to June 2006) Percentage of tests completed by the FSS for DNA suspect samples uploaded onto The National DNA Database

Region

28 days

42 days

60 days

90 days

>90 days

London and South Region

97.9

99.9

100

100

0

Midlands and Wales Region

99.9

99.9

100

100

0

North and North West Region

99.9

100

100

100

0