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National ANPR Data Centre

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures are in place for access to the National ANPR Data Centre; (283536)

(2) who has access to the National ANPR Data Centre;

(3) what assessment he has made of the level of accuracy of information held on the National ANPR Data Centre.

The National ANPR Data Centre (NADC) is currently under development and test. Access to the NADC by police forces will be subject to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out their responsibilities, including agreeing that access to data is solely for policing purposes, as defined within the code of practice on the management of police information under the terms of the Police Act 1996 (as amended), in support of investigation.

Currently, a small number of police forces have access to the NADC for the purpose of helping to test the facility. Further roll-out to police forces and other law enforcement agencies will be subject to an assessment of their operational requirement and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Chief constables are “data controllers in common” for ANPR data and are responsible for the accuracy of the data that is fed into the NADC. The National ACPO ANPR Standards (NAAS) sets out the criteria for ANPR data quality fed into a police force's ANPR systems and forwarded to the NADC.