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Fingerprinting: School Pupils

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the use by police of pupils' fingerprint data collected by schools; and if she will make a statement. (157282)

Using the data collected by schools would not meet the investigative needs of the police or the evidential requirements of the criminal justice system.

Schools are recording only an algorithmic representation of the fingerprint and not the fingerprint itself.

The algorithmic records held by schools are not compatible with the national automated fingerprint system used by police forces.