Genetics: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 8th January 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people had their DNA records removed from the police DNA database in each year since 2000.

Photo of Meg Hillier Meg Hillier Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Identity)

The numbers of subject sample records removed from the National DNA Database (NDNAD) in each of the financial years from 2002-03(1) to date is given as follows. The figures provided are for subject sample records taken by police forces in England and Wales which were subsequently removed from the NDNAD. They do not include subject sample records taken by police forces in Scotland, the police service for Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey etc. which were subsequently removed from the NDNAD.

(1) No accurate data are available for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02; some estimated information only is available for calendar years prior to 2002. In 2002, an NDNAD Management Information Database was created which captures details of all record 'transactions' including the removal of records and enabled the collection of this information.

Number of subject sample records removed
2002-03 1,525
2003-04 321
2004-05 42
2005-06 136
2006-07 276
2007-08 (to date) 219

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David Mery
Posted on 18 Mar 2008 11:16 pm (Report this annotation)

See for another spin on the number of subject sample profiles removed from the national DNA database.

br -d

mick angel
Posted on 19 Mar 2008 3:32 pm (Report this annotation)

Somebody might want to work out why the answers to the two questions (asking for the same figures) come out with different numbers...

For example:

* In the answer above those removed in 2005-6 is 136.

* In the answer at the link posted by DM, the number removed for 2005-6 is 165

Daniel Watkins
Posted on 20 Mar 2008 12:39 am (Report this annotation)


The data in the above table is the number of records removed in each year. The data in the table linked to by David is the number of records removed since they were added, by year.

So, to use your example, there were 136 existing records removed in 2005-6, while 165 of the records added in 2005-6 have been removed since then.

mick angel
Posted on 20 Mar 2008 2:35 pm (Report this annotation)

Daniel, thank you for the explanation.