Genetics: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people work in the National DNA Database Quality Team; what specialist training they receive; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 4 June 2007

There are currently five members of staff working in the National DNA Database Data Quality and Integrity Team (DQIT).

All members of the team are trained to use the National DNA Database (NDNAD). Three members of the team also attended a formal Police National Computer training course while working in the police service. The other two members of the team are awaiting formal PNC training.

The team is extremely experienced in dealing with PNC and NDNAD issues. Three members of the team are retired police officers who between them served over 87 years in the police service; the other two members of the team between them have over 12 years experience of working for the NDNAD Service Delivery Team.

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