Biometrics

Home Department written question – answered on 5th November 2012.

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Photo of David Davis David Davis Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) DNA profiles and (b) biological samples have been deleted or destroyed since Royal Assent was given to the Protection of Freedoms Bill on 1 May 2012.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

holding answer 31 October 2012

39,799 DNA profiles were deleted from the National DNA Database between 1 May 2012 and 26 October 2012.

34,496 of the DNA profiles deleted were taken from individuals by UK law enforcement agencies, of which 17,945 were taken by England and Wales police forces.

5,303 of the DNA profiles deleted were recovered from crime scenes by UK law enforcement agencies, of which 4,795 were recovered by England and Wales police forces.

The number of biological samples destroyed is not held centrally. Records are kept by the forensic service providers storing samples on behalf of police forces.

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