Clause 3 — Persons arrested for or charged with a qualifying offence

Part of Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme) (No. 4) – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 19th March 2012.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 6:30 pm, 19th March 2012

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his support on this matter. He has been consistent in his support for the Opposition’s proposals and has joined us in Divisions. Deep down, he understands that the Conservative party’s legacy as the party of law and order is seriously being put at risk by measures that are soft on individuals who have the potential to commit rape, murder or other serious crimes, who could be prevented from committing those crimes if their DNA were on a database for a longer period. I believe that that presents a real risk not just to public, but to the reputation of the Conservative party.