Police: DNA Database

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson in the Lords (Europe), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Cap Reform), Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether up-to-date procedures in the Home Office will prevent the failure to pass on 27,500 DNA crime profiles to the police between 1995 and 2004, as revealed in the latest DNA database annual report.

Photo of Baroness Scotland of Asthal Baroness Scotland of Asthal Minister of State, Home Office, Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

In July 2005, the Forensic Science Service, which was at the time a Home Office agency, identified 26,138 profiles from individuals which had been returned to it by the National DNA Database (NDNAD) between 1995 and 2004 but which it had not then actioned. By January 2006 all these had been loaded to the NDNAD or otherwise dealt with.

The new procedure adopted since this event, as reported in the NDNAD annual report for 2005-06, is that all forensic laboratories which process individual profiles for police forces in England and Wales are now required to send weekly and monthly lists to the NDNAD data quality and integrity team (DQIT) of their individual profile records which have failed to load to the NDNAD. The DQIT checks these against PNC and returns the required information to the laboratory to assist in their resolution and resubmission of the load failures in a timely manner. The DQIT presents a quarterly trend report to the NDNAD operations group, chaired by an ACPO rank police officer, which shows the load failure rate.

The Government are satisfied that these changes will prevent any substantial backlog of unprocessed load failures building up in future.

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