STANDARDISATION OF DNA TECHNOLOGY AND
THE EXCHANGE OF DNA ANALYSIS RESULTS
Draft Council Resolution on the standardisation of DNA technology and the exchange of DNA analysis results.
|Basis of consideration:
||Minister's letter to the Leader of the House of Commons of 6 June 2001
|Previous Committee Report:
||HC 28-v (2000-01), paragraph 5 (7 February 2001)
|Discussed in Council:
||29-30 May 2001|
32.1 This draft Council Resolution encourages
all Member States to adopt, as a minimum, the same seven DNA markers
for forensic DNA profiling so that intelligence can be shared
for comparative purposes in the fight against crime.
32.2 When the previous Committee last considered
the document (in February), it did not feel that the Government
had satisfactorily addressed its concern about whether the personal
data to be exchanged would be adequately protected. It therefore
left the proposal uncleared, and asked for an explanation of the
Government's position. No response had been received by the time
Parliament was dissolved.
The Minister's letter
32.3 In her letter of 6 June to the then Leader
of the House of Commons, the then Minister of State at the Home
Office (Mrs Barbara Roche) lists a number of proposals which were
adopted as "A" points at the Justice and Home Affairs
Council on 28 and 29 May, although they had not cleared parliamentary
scrutiny. The present document is among them.
32.4 In explanation of the decision to override
the Scrutiny Reserve, the Minister cites the interests of the
efficient conduct of Council business. She adds that there were
important public interest arguments for proceeding, saying that
differences in DNA comparators and the delays these cause were
an issue in the Caroline Dickinson
32.5 Given that the Resolution was adopted
at the May Justice and Home Affairs Council, we have little alternative
but to clear it. We wish to put on record, however, our dissatisfaction
with the way the then Minister handled the scrutiny process. There
can be no good reason for her failure to respond to the Committee
for over two months.
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