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DNA Profiles

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether DNA profiles retrieved during the course of an investigation where the crime remains unsolved are deleted as a matter of routine once the persons concerned are eliminated from police inquiries. (89880)

[holding answer 9 October 2006]: DNA samples taken voluntarily for elimination purposes e.g. from persons such as the victim, witnesses, another person who had legitimate access to the crime scene or as part of an intelligence led screen must be destroyed as soon as they have fulfilled the purpose for which they were taken unless the person gives written consent to their DNA profile being loaded onto the National DNA Database.

DNA profiles retrieved from a crime scene which cannot be identified as coming from a person not suspected of the crime are added to the National DNA Database.