Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were under the age of 18 years at the time they were arrested and had a DNA sample taken up to and including 1 December 2007 were subsequently not charged or cautioned for any offence; and if she will make a statement.

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

The national DNA database does not hold information on arrests, charges, cautions or convictions; this information is held on the police national computer (PNC). Information about the number of persons who were under 18 at the time they were arrested and have not been charged or cautioned with any offence could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, information on the number of persons who are currently under 18 who do not have a conviction, caution, reprimand, or received a final warning, and had no charge pending against them, is available. This was given in a reply to Grant Shapps on 1 September 2008, Hansard, columns 1564-65W.

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