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National DNA Database

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

24. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many serious crime cases ending in conviction DNA evidence retained on the national DNA database was presented in court in the last 12 months. (283808)

Data are available on the number of detections with DNA, but not the number of convictions. In 2007-08, 83 serious violent crimes and 184 rapes were detected in which a DNA match was available. It is not possible to say whether the DNA match was the key factor in solving the crime.