Home Department written question – answered on 7th June 2005.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obstacles there are to the retention of biometric data on the police national computer database.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

There are no obstacles to the retention of biometric data. The Police National Computer (PNC) has markers that indicate if biometric data has been taken (fingerprints or DNA) primary biometric data, in the form of fingerprints, is held on the IDENT1 (previously NAFIS) service. DNA data is held on the DNA database, managed by the Forensic Science Service.

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John Hemming MP
Posted on 9 Jun 2005 10:11 pm (Report this annotation)

So no need for an ID database then. Why not use the PNC for recording retinal scans for certain people and leave the law abiding alone.