pa.press.net - 20.02.2008 16:01
Brown pledge over DNA disc blunder
Gordon Brown has pledged a full inquiry into yet another data blunder after serious offenders from the Netherlands were left free to commit crimes in the UK.
The Prime Minister said the Government would examine "all details" of how the CPS ignored a computer disc containing DNA profiles for 2,000 known criminals.
The information was sent to London by the Dutch authorities in January last year - but investigations were not launched until last month. At least 11 had committed offences in this country while the disc was apparently lying untouched on a desk.
Tory leader David Cameron branded the events a "catastrophic failure", accusing the Government of doing "absolutely nothing" to prevent the crimes.
But, answering questions in the Commons, Mr Brown insisted a thorough investigation would be carried out.
"The Attorney General has asked the CPS to conduct an inquiry into this very matter," he said.
"This was a request by the Dutch authorities for us to look through our DNA records.
"The inquiry will cover all details of what happened. But it was only possible for the Dutch to ask us to look at our DNA records because we are keeping those records.
"The Conservatives opposed that legislation."