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Genetics: Databases

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 136-8W, on genetics: databases, how many and what proportion of DNA samples have been removed from the national DNA database and destroyed following a request to do so from the person from whom the DNA was taken in each month since January 2008, broken down by police authority area; and if she will make a statement. (251168)

Between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2008, 272 subject profile records were deleted from the NDNAD under the Exceptional Case Procedure (i.e. following a request to the chief officer of the responsible force from the person concerned). This covers records loaded by England and Wales forces only.

The following tables show the number of records deleted from the NDNAD under the exceptional case procedure for each month from January 2008 to December 2008, broken down by police force area. The total number of profiles held on the NDNAD for England and Wales forces at the end of 2007 and 2008 is also shown.

As an estimated 13.3 per cent. of profiles are replicates, the number of individuals on the NDNAD is approximately 13.3 per cent. less than the number of subject profiles. The presence of these replicate profiles on the NDNAD does not impact on the effectiveness and integrity of the database.

2008

Force

January

February

March

April

May

June

Avon and Somerset

0

5

0

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

British Transport

0

0

0

0

2

0

Cambridgeshire

1

0

0

0

0

1

Cheshire

0

0

0

1

1

0

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

1

0

3

Cumbria

0

0

0

0

0

2

Derbyshire

0

0

0

0

0

4

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

1

0

0

0

Dorset

0

1

0

0

0

2

Durham

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dyfed Powys

0

0

0

1

0

1

Essex

2

0

1

0

3

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gwent

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hampshire

0

0

0

0

2

2

Hertfordshire

0

7

0

0

0

0

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

0

0

0

0

Lancashire

0

4

0

0

0

0

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

1

0

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan

0

5

2

2

2

2

Norfolk

0

0

0

1

0

0

North Wales

0

0

0

0

0

2

North Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

1

Northamptonshire

0

0

0

0

1

0

Northumbria

0

0

0

1

1

0

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

1

South Wales

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

0

5

0

2

0

0

Staffordshire

0

0

0

1

0

1

Suffolk

1

0

0

0

0

0

Surrey

0

0

2

0

0

1

Sussex

0

0

0

0

0

0

Thames Valley

0

0

0

0

1

0

Warwickshire

0

0

0

2

0

0

West Mercia

1

0

0

0

0

0

West Midlands

0

2

0

4

1

2

West Yorkshire

1

2

0

0

1

1

Wiltshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total number of profiles removed under the exceptional case procedure January to December 2008

6

31

6

16

16

26

Force

July

August

September

October

November

December

Total

Avon and Somerset

0

4

5

1

1

0

16

Bedfordshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

British Transport

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

Cambridgeshire

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

Cheshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

City of London

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cleveland

0

1

0

1

0

0

6

Cumbria

0

0

2

1

1

0

6

Derbyshire

1

0

1

1

1

1

9

Devon and Cornwall

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

Dorset

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Durham

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Dyfed Powys

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Essex

0

2

3

0

0

0

11

Gloucestershire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Greater Manchester

0

2

0

0

3

1

6

Gwent

0

0

0

1

0

1

2

Hampshire

0

0

1

0

0

0

5

Hertfordshire

0

1

0

0

0

0

8

Humberside

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kent

0

0

2

5

4

1

12

Lancashire

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

Leicestershire

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Metropolitan

2

9

3

0

2

9

38

Norfolk

0

0

0

1

0

1

3

North Wales

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

North Yorkshire

0

2

2

1

0

1

7

Northamptonshire

1

0

0

0

0

2

4

Northumbria

1

0

0

0

1

0

4

Nottinghamshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

South Wales

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

South Yorkshire

2

4

1

22

9

4

49

Staffordshire

1

0

0

1

0

0

4

Suffolk

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Surrey

0

0

1

2

1

0

7

Sussex

0

2

0

0

1

0

3

Thames Valley

0

1

0

1

1

0

4

Warwickshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

West Mercia

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

West Midlands

5

1

5

1

2

1

24

West Yorkshire

0

1

1

0

2

0

9

Wiltshire

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

Total number of profiles removed under the exceptional case procedure January to December 2008

14

31

29

41

33

23

272

Total number of subject profiles held on the NDNAD as at 31 December 2007

4,617,737

Total number of subject profiles held on the NDNAD as at 31 December 2008

5,129,978