Forensic Science: Laboratories

Home Office written question – answered at on 23 January 2024.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress the Government has made on establishing a National Crime Laboratory.

Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding the Government allocated to establishing a National Crime Laboratory in (a) 2022 and (b) 2023.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

We are working with academia and policing to run a pilot for the National Crime & Justice Laboratory, and develop the roadmap for future years, which will bring together data held by the police and other government departments. This will aid Policing and the Home Office in answering critical questions to influence and inform better policy and help us improve Criminal Justice outcomes.

The National Crime and Justice Lab received £1.15m in 2022/23 and £2m in 2023/24.

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