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DNA: Databases

Question for Home Office

UIN 206804, tabled on 21 July 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to access DNA databases from other European countries to aid with crime detection in the UK.

Answered on

1 September 2014

It is possible for police forces to request checks to be made via Interpol of the DNA databases of other European Countries. Routine access to European Union databases would require the UK to implement the Prüm Council Decisions 2008/615/JHA and 2008/616/JHA.

The Home Secretary outlined the Government's position on Prüm in the House of Commons on 10 July 2014, Official Report, column 492.

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