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Part of Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:30 pm on 15th December 2005.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office 1:30 pm, 15th December 2005

I hope that I can reassure the hon. Gentleman on the points that he raised. The amendment is unnecessary for the purposes of identification. The special tribunal may have to take non-intimate samples. Such samples include a range of matters that I could read into the record if it would help the hon. Gentleman. The essential thing is that DNA can be taken from a non-intimate sample, and   such a measure is therefore an appropriate one for future involvement in a range of issues.

Non-intimate samples include the following: a sample of a person’s hair, other than their pubic hair; a sample taken from a nail or under a nail; a swab taken from a part of the person’s body, including the mouth; saliva; and a footprint or similar impression. That will allow for DNA to be taken as a non-intimate sample. I hope that that will assure the hon. Gentleman and I ask him to withdraw the amendment.