Clause 23 - Fingerprints and samples

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 30 June 2011.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

I will not make the same mistake twice. Clause 23 and schedule 6 set out the provisions in relation to fingerprints and samples. The Minister will know that we are having an interesting debate on the  retention of DNA. I am informed by one of my Front-Bench colleagues that the measures on fingerprints and non-intimate samples in this Bill differ from the Protection of Freedoms Bill, in that hair samples can be taken under these measures, whereas they cannot under the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which is passing through the House at the moment. Perhaps the Minister will talk a little about the DNA issue, how long samples will be retained and his thoughts on that.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Clause 23 gives effect to schedule 6, which makes provision for the taking and retention of biometric material from individuals subject to a TPIM notice.

I am conscious that some of my comments may stray on to schedule 6. This clause inserts that provision. I wonder whether it would be appropriate for me to look at that in a slightly different way, albeit that the definition of fingerprints and samples is the same in this Bill as it is in the Protection of Freedoms Bill, for example, on hair, as my advisers tell me.

We have looked carefully and closely at the interrelationship between the Protection of Freedoms Bill and this Bill to ensure that there is read-across and dovetailing between the two regimes. It may be that there are further, broader comments that the hon. Member for Bradford South may want to make on the schedule. I may then speak to schedule 6 if the hon. Gentleman will allow me to make those broader points.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 23 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.