The National DNA Database

HC 222-I, Eighth Report of Session 2009-10 Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee
TSO (The Stationery Office)

As a result of growing concern about the increasing size of the police National DNA Database the Committee decided to take evidence on the subject. This process however was largely overtaken by the introduction of the Crime and Security Bill on 19 November 2009.

'The National DNA Database (HC 222-I)' now focuses on two main issues:

  • the principle of retaining DNA profiles taken from individuals arrested but not subsequently charged or from those charged but not convicted; and

  • the lack of consistency in decisions to remove from the database their profiles.

The Committee is strongly of the belief that DNA profiling and matching are vital tools in the fight against crime. Subsequently they don't question the taking of DNA samples from everyone arrested for a recordable offence. It is not known how many crimes are solved with the help of the stored personal profiles of those not previously convicted of a crime. It could therefore be argued that the DNA from those never charged with an offence should be treated differently from those charged but not convicted.

The Committee hopes that trends of arrests for flimsy reasons should decline and a return to the pre-2004, of DNA being collected only on charging rather than arrest, is not recommended. The corollary to this is that it should be easier for those wrongly arrested or who have volunteered their DNA to get their records removed from the database.

Extent 25 pages ISBN 9780215544605
Size A4 Price £8.50
Format Paperback Published 08 Mar 2010
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