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Criminal Proceedings: Genetics

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) in how many criminal prosecutions low template DNA has been used as evidence; and how many of those prosecutions resulted in conviction; (201449)

(2) in how many criminal prosecutions mixtures of DNA have been used as evidence; and how many of those prosecutions resulted in conviction.

The data held centrally by my Department on the court proceedings database do not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, including the use of DNA, other than the information that may be gleaned from the offence itself. As a result prosecutions involving the use of DNA evidence cannot be identified.