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My Lords, the noble Lord’s amendment does not refer to what he described in his speech as the “other uses”. Of course, it is the other uses that make this proposition more saleable. The amendment in its current form, as I read it, would require a national database to be set up with DNA information simply for the purpose of dealing with terrorism and crime. That is what the...
The Minister referred to some terror attacks early on in his contribution. Would he accept that, if the United States Government had held DNA material at the time of 9/11, it would have been flagged up when those criminals embarked on the planes, which led to the disaster? If it had been flagged up, they would have been stopped from getting on the plane.
I understand that two of the terrorists were known to the American authorities: at the time they were identified following the incidents.
Entered the House of Lords on 19 July 2001
Previously MP for Workington until 14 May 2001 — General election
Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Workington, 1979-2001. Opposition spokesman on Development and Co-operation, 1991-92 and opposition front bench spokesman on Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 1992-94. (from Number 10 press release)
Entered the House of Commons on 3 May 1979 — General election
Also represented Workington
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Last updated: 14 May 2001.
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