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Genetics: Databases

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many new profiles have been added to the national DNA database since September 2007, broken down by police force; and if she will make a statement. (179094)

It is understood that this question refers to the number of crime scene sample profiles added to the National DNA Database, since a separate question has been asked on the number of people added in each month from October 2007 to date.

The number of crime scene samples added in each of the six months from October 2007 to March 2008 for all police forces is shown in the following table.

NDNAD—Crime scene profiles loaded by force and by month October 2007-March 2008

2007

2008

Force

October

November

December

January

February

March

Total October 2007-March 2008

Avon and Somerset

121

97

103

126

97

106

650

Bedfordshire

35

33

26

25

27

29

175

British Transport

42

40

21

36

54

70

263

Cambridgeshire

41

53

30

43

27

68

262

Cheshire

107

94

105

100

95

91

592

City of London police

4

11

6

9

6

3

39

Cleveland

23

23

14

29

26

32

147

Cumbria

36

34

24

38

30

33

195

Derbyshire

72

50

38

67

58

51

336

Devon and Cornwall

55

58

42

72

79

46

352

Dorset

27

25

18

30

34

20

154

Durham

43

24

29

38

33

32

199

Dyfed-Powys

12

6

8

7

4

7

44

Essex

82

92

81

75

101

104

535

Gloucestershire

10

15

11

11

11

16

74

Greater Manchester police

312

297

199

260

226

269

1,563

Gwent

50

40

27

49

43

48

257

Hampshire

85

98

74

93

93

89

532

Hertfordshire

47

49

41

52

56

49

294

Humberside

96

96

51

59

65

96

463

Kent

173

199

142

195

217

191

1,117

Lancashire

119

105

91

132

127

88

662

Leicestershire

61

42

51

29

54

54

291

Lincolnshire

44

42

41

24

31

41

223

Merseyside

129

134

118

133

114

132

760

Metropolitan police

634

691

488

709

566

649

3,737

Norfolk

52

55

40

75

56

71

349

North Wales

67

55

49

73

52

49

345

North Yorkshire

21

20

17

26

22

42

148

Northamptonshire

94

65

42

54

66

61

382

Northumbria

104

88

80

89

104

139

604

Nottinghamshire

67

46

47

78

47

33

318

South Wales Constabulary

93

73

68

115

81

87

517

South Yorkshire

91

92

52

88

105

116

544

Staffordshire

88

73

57

70

62

58

408

Suffolk

56

39

34

44

40

30

243

Surrey

70

73

60

87

73

65

428

Sussex

182

166

101

160

158

137

904

Thames Valley

130

110

102

147

139

140

768

Warwickshire police

32

19

23

18

19

13

124

West Mercia

78

61

64

55

67

59

384

West Midlands

234

182

160

180

196

208

1,160

West Yorkshire

173

175

128

181

205

207

1,069

Wiltshire

23

31

23

13

23

13

126

Other non-England and Wales forces1

146

679

143

137

227

186

1,518

Total

4,261

4,550

3,169

4,131

4,016

4,128

24,255

1Eight Scottish forces, PSNI, Jersey, Guernsey, Ministry of Defence Police etc.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of DNA profiles added to the DNA database in each year since it became operational are from samples taken at crime scenes; and if she will make a statement. (188155)

The following table gives the numbers of crime scene profiles added to the National DNA Database (NDNAD) in each year of its operation, and what percentage these were of the total profiles added that year.

Crime scene profiles loaded

Percentage of total profiles loaded (crime scene profiles and subject sample profiles)

1995-96

1,887

5.37

1996-97

5,084

6.01

1997-98

12,886

9.11

1998-99

13,202

4.94

1999-2000

18,037

7.63

2000-01

28,593

6.75

2001-02

40,984

7.53

2002-03

61,431

11.17

2003-04

60,226

11.25

2004-05

59,247

10.21

2005-06

68,774

8.77

2006-07

55,217

7.10

April 2007 to February 2008

44,946

7.83

Total

470,514

8.50

Notes:

1. The subject sample profile data used in the final column are for all United Kingdom police forces (i.e. subject sample profiles taken by police forces in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey etc.)

2. The data on crime scene sample profiles are for all United Kingdom police forces, but do not include all Scottish crime scene sample profiles. Crime scene sample profiles taken by Scottish police forces are loaded to the Scottish DNA Database in the first instance. Only those crime scene profiles for which no match is found on the Scottish DNA Database are added to the NDNAD.