DNA: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 28th June 2010.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism she plans to use to assess which DNA samples held on the DNA database belonging to those who were arrested but not convicted of a serious crime should remain on the database after three years; and what costs are to be taken into account as part of that assessment.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 24 June 2010

As part of the development of a DNA retention model that provides the protections of the Scottish model, we are examining a range of options before bringing forward detailed proposals to put in place a system which provides protection to the public while respecting the rights of those who have been arrested for but not convicted of an offence.

Costs will be taken into consideration as part of the policy development process.

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