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Crime and Security Bill

Part of Bill Presented — Pedicabs Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:19 pm on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 5:19 pm, 18th January 2010

Does the hon. Gentleman share my concern about the way in which Ministers, when they advance their arguments about the super-database, seem to have difficulty holding in their heads the difference between being guilty and being innocent? I had an Adjournment debate on this question, and a Minister stood at the Dispatch Box and talked about "allegedly innocent" people. Do not Ministers need reminding that under British law a person is either guilty or innocent? Although we do not say that there are no circumstances in which we should keep the DNA of innocent people, Ministers need to be reminded of some of the principles of English law.

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