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 assessment he has made of the merits of the practice in Scotland where an individual's profile is removed from the DNA database following acquittal.

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

The Government have no plans to amend the law in England and Wales relating to the retention of DNA samples taken under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Although at present the law in Scotland does not allow for the retention of DNA samples following a person's acquittal, this is currently under review by the Scottish Executive.

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