DNA Profiles

Home Department written question – answered at on 2 March 2006.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2890W, on DNA profiles, how many of the 139,463 people were perceived to be (a) of ethnic minority origin and (b) white.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

As indicated in the answer of 20 December 2005, Hansard, column 2890W, there were 139,463 people who have a DNA profile on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) who have not been charged or cautioned with an offence. This figure comprised 124,347 people who have been arrested and subsequently not been charged or cautioned with an offence and 15,116 people who had volunteered a sample and given consent to the profile being loaded on the NDNAD.

Of the 124,347 people who had been arrested, a record of their perceived ethnic origin was available on the NDNAD for 101,066 persons only. In addition, for a further 17,677 persons, the Police National Computer (PNC) held a record of their White or Non-White status. There was no record of perceived minority ethnic origin or White/Non-White status for the remaining 5,604 persons.

The available data indicates that 21 per cent. were perceived to be of minority ethnic origin, 74 per cent. were perceived to be white and 5 per cent. were unknown. Of the 15,000 persons who had volunteered a DMA sample, 80 per cent. do not have an ethnic appearance recorded, 3 per cent. are recorded as being of minority ethnic origin and 17 per cent. as white.

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