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Genetics: Databases

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on retention of DNA profiles collected by the police from individuals. (198502)

The taking and retention of DNA samples are subject to the provisions contained in Part V of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984. PACE provides that samples may be retained for persons who have been arrested and detained at the police station for a recordable offence; and that profiles taken from these samples and placed on the database may be subject to speculative search. We consider that is a proportionate and effective threshold to help eliminate the innocent during the course of an investigation as well contributing to the detection and conviction of the guilty.