Genetics: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Nick Clegg Nick Clegg Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to date of removing errors from the National DNA Database.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

A number of procedures carried out by police forces, forensic suppliers and the National DNA Database Custodian's staff are in place to ensure that information is recorded as accurately as possible on the National DNA Database. These procedures are designed to ensure as far as possible that errors are not included on the database in the first place rather than removing them once they are on. It is not possible to disaggregate the costs of these procedures from the general costs of work done by these organisations.

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