DNA Database

Home Department written question – answered at on 18 April 2006.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the length of time a DNA (a) sample and (b) profile can be kept in respect of an individual who has (i) been convicted of a serious or sexual crime, (ii) been convicted of a recordable offence other than a serious or sexual crime and (iii) not been convicted of a recordable offence.

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

All DNA samples and profiles are normally retained until the individual's 100th birthday or until the notification of his/her death. This applies to all recordable offences in respect of which the sample was taken.

Individuals whose DNA has been taken and have not been convicted of a recordable offence may, if they wish, apply to the chief constable of the force which took the DNA sample, to request, in exceptional circumstances only, that consideration be given to the destruction of the sample and removal of the profile from the national DNA database.

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