Clause 11

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 29 April 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 4:45, 29 April 2008

I just want to take the opportunity to tease from the Minister the different regime that will apply in Scotland. As I understand it, while it would be possible for a retained DNA sample taken in such circumstances to be used for the purposes of terrorist  investigation or in the interests of national security, a different limit will apply there from that which applies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I should be grateful if the Minister could confirm that. I simply make the point that the fact that the Minister has had to accept a different regime in Scotland highlights differences, which it is not suggested are about to bring the world to an end, notwithstanding the fact that the Minister has to accept different Scottish legal principles.