DNA: Databases

Home Department written question – answered on 21st March 2013.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) physical DNA profiles and (b) digital DNA profiles have been removed from the DNA database since the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012; and what the total cost to the public purse was of removing such profiles.

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

Physical DNA samples taken from arrested persons are sent to authorised Forensic Service Providers (FSPs), who process them to produce digital DNA profiles, which are added to the National DNA Database (NDNAD). As at 19 March 2013, FSPs had destroyed 453,000 DNA samples, and the NDNAD had destroyed 504,000 digital DNA profiles, as part of the programme of work to implement the Protection of Freedoms Act. The costs of sample destruction have not yet been determined. The costs of profile destruction cannot be disaggregated from the other costs of operating the NDNAD.

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