Genetics: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 23rd February 2009.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people resident in Northern Ireland have details registered on the National DNA Database.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

The number of subject profiles on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) submitted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was 65,082 as at 3 February 2009.

The NDNAD does not hold any information on the place of residence of a person whose DNA is sampled. This figure therefore includes residents of areas other than Northern Ireland who were sampled by the PSNI, and excludes residents of Northern Ireland who were sampled by other police forces.

The number of profiles held on the NDNAD is not the same as the number of individuals. As it is possible for a profile to be loaded onto the NDNAD on more than one occasion, some profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates. This can occur if, for example, a person provided different names, or different versions of their name, when arrested on different occasions. At present, the average replication rate on the whole NDNAD is estimated to be 13.3 per cent. However, this figure may vary between police forces.

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