Publication of the 9th Annual Report of the National DNA Database Ethics Group:Written statement - HCWS203

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Home Office
Made on: 30 October 2017
Made by: Sarah Newton (The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability)
Commons

Publication of the 9th Annual Report of the National DNA Database Ethics Group

My Noble Friend Baroness Williams of Trafford has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement:

I am pleased to announce the publication today of the 9th annual report of the National DNA Database Ethics Group. The Group was established on 25 July 2007 to provide Ministers with independent ethical advice on the operation and practice of the National DNA Database.

I am grateful to the Ethics Group for their strategic advice concerning the use of biometric identifiers and for their continued oversight of the work of the Forensic Information Database Strategy Board, which contributes to ensuring that robust procedures are in place to minimise DNA contamination and remove systematic errors in the forensic use of DNA.

The Ethics Group’s annual report can be viewed on the website of the National DNA Database Ethics Group and I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the Library of both Houses.

I am grateful to the Ethics Group for their strategic advice concerning the use of biometric identifiers and for their continued oversight of the work of the Forensic Information Database Strategy Board, which contributes to ensuring that robust procedures are in place to minimise DNA contamination and remove systematic errors in the forensic use of DNA.

The Ethics Group’s annual report can be viewed on the website of the National DNA Database Ethics Group and I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the House Library.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS202

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