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Crime: DNA Database

Volume 711: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportions of verdicts were guilty when DNA evidence was used against someone with no previous convictions in the last year for which figures are available. [HL3875]

The data held centrally by my department on the court proceedings database for England and Wales do not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, including the use of DNA, other than the information that may be gleaned from the offence itself. As a result convictions involving the use of DNA evidence cannot be identified.

Data for Scotland are a matter for the Scottish Executive.

Data for Northern Ireland are a matter for the Northern Ireland Office.