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DNA: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 11th January 2011.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to issue guidance to chief constables on the use of their discretion to remove records from the DNA database for the purposes of ensuring consistency of practice.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The Government are committed to adopting the protections of the Scottish model for DNA retention. In particular, we are examining whether the provisions of section 23 of the Crime and Security Act 2010 should be brought into force. This would empower the National DNA Database Strategy Board to issue binding guidance to chief police officers on the types of case in which deletion would be appropriate.

We will bring forward our detailed proposals shortly.

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