Immigration: Dna Tests

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:15 pm on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for the Home Department 12:15 pm, 25th October 2018

As I understand it, the matter was originally brought to Ministers’ attention by a question from Afzal Khan, who is on the Front Bench. I believe he had concerns as a result of a constituency case and he tabled a written question, to which the Minister for Immigration responded, about Government policy. As I have said today, it has never been Government policy to request DNA mandatorily. The question prompted further investigation, and within days of the matter being brought to the Minister’s attention an internal review was launched. We now have the outcome of that first review, but, as I have said, it is not the conclusion of this. We need more answers.