My noble Friend the Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Williams of Trafford) has today made the following written statement:
I am pleased to announce that the national DNA database strategy board annual report for 2016-17 is being published today. This report has been expanded to cover the national fingerprints database in addition to the national DNA database (NDNAD) to reflect the extension of the remit of the strategy board.
James Vaughan, temporary chair of the FIND strategy board, has presented the annual report of the national DNA database to the Home Secretary. Publication of the report is a statutory requirement under section 63AB(7) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 as inserted by 24 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.
The report shows the important contribution that the NDNAD and the national fingerprint databases make to supporting policing and solving crimes. I am grateful to the strategy board for its commitment to fulfilling its statutory functions.
The report is being laid before the House and copies will be available from the Vote Office.