Lords Select Committees
The United Kingdom's Participation In Prüm
HL 66, 5th Report of Session 2015-16
- House of Lords - European Union Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The United Kingdom's Participation In Prüm (HL 66)' examines the Government's intention to invite both Houses of Parliament to agree that the United Kingdom should rejoin the Prüm Decisions.
These are two Council Decisions under which the police forces of EU Member States are able automatically to share DNA, fingerprint and vehicle registration data. The Government has also invited the two Houses to agree that the United Kingdom rejoin the Framework Decision on the accreditation of forensic service laboratories, which recognises the validity of DNA and fingerprint analyses from other Member States and is necessary for participation in the Prüm Decisions.
The purpose of the report is to assist the House, both by presenting the background to the debate in a more succinct and accessible format than the Government has provided, and by putting on the record the view of the European Union Committee on why the UK should rejoin the Prüm Decisions.
The major benefit of fully implementing Prüm is that the initial automated exchange of data relating to criminal investigation, enabling targeted follow-up action, would solve more crimes more quickly, would identify international criminals and volume crime more effectively, and would build up intelligence relevant to the investigation of very serious crime, including terrorism.
The recent increase in the level of the terrorist threat underlines the critical importance of realising these benefits, in order to protect the people of the United Kingdom more effectively.
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