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Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what legislative arrangements apply to the capture, storage and use of number plate recognition images by law enforcement agencies; (320273)

(2) how many number plate recognition images were stored by (a) the police force, (b) national police agencies and (c) his Department on the latest date for which figures are available.

[holding answer 4 March 2010]: Data derived from the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) are subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Practice Advice on the Management and Use of ANPR is issued to chief officers by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers. A copy of the Practice Advice is available at:

The National ANPR Programme Board is currently examining the benefits of any further regulatory framework and is expected to report later this year.

On 2 March 2010, 10,674,058 ANPR reads by the police service were registered with the National ANPR Data Centre. The centre is managed by the NPIA on behalf of police forces.