Fingerprints

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 10th November 2008.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) how many times suspects have been wrongfully arrested in Northern Ireland on the basis of mistaken belief by police officers of identity that was later found to be incorrect after fingerprinting in the last 12 months;

(2) whether he plans to introduce MIDAS handheld fingerprint scanners for use by police officers in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

That is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the hon. Member, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

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