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Police National Computer

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what categories of information are contained on the police national computer; and who has access to the information. (85356)

The following categories of information are held on Police National Computer (PNC):

Vehicles—Both DVLA information and those suspected of being involved in crime.

Property—Certain specific categories of identifiable property such as plant, marine craft, firearms.

Persons—Any person who has been arrested for a recordable offence, convicted, reprimanded, or cautioned for a recordable offence, or is wanted or sought by the police.

The police have access to PNC data and limited access to certain data items is available to certain agencies who have a ‘policing’ responsibility. Any non police agency who has access to PNC data has had to apply for the access through an Association of Chief Police Officers group, which applies the guidelines agreed with the Information Commissioner.