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DNA: Databases

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to provide information on the exceptional case removal procedure for the National DNA Database in each year since the procedure became operational; how much he has spent on such steps; and if he will make a statement. (290828)

[holding answer 9 September 2009]: In January 2006, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) issued guidelines for Chief Officers on the retention of police national computer, DNA and fingerprint records in England and Wales. The guidelines included an “Exceptional Case Procedure” covering consideration of requests for the removal of DNA profiles from the National DNA Database (NDNAD). The guidelines were published on the Home Office and ACPO websites in 2006, where they remain.

Information on the Exceptional Case Procedure was also published in the NDNAD annual report 2006-07 on pages 23-24. This report was published on the website of the National Policing Improvement Agency in 2008 and remains there.

Information will also be included in the NDNAD annual report for 2007-09, which will be published shortly.

In addition, information on the Exceptional Case Procedure was published in the Official Report in answer to parliamentary questions on three occasions in 2006, three in 2008 and three in 2009:


9 October 2006, Official Report, column 494W

11 October 2006, Official Report, column 788W

12 October 2006, Official Report, column 866W


4 February 2008, Official Report, column 805W

2 July 2008, Official Report, columns 908-09W

6 November 2008, Official Report, column 637W


13 January 2009, Official Report, column 709W

3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1048W

6 May 2009, Official Report, column 278W

In addition, information was published on three occasions in another place in the period January-February 2008.

It is not possible to disaggregate the cost of publishing this information from other costs incurred in running the NDNAD and publishing the NDNAD annual reports.