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Brown Sets Up Inquiry into CPS Blunder

Magazine article Public Finance

Brown Sets Up Inquiry into CPS Blunder

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The government has ordered an inquiry after a year-long delay in checking DNA data from thousands of crimes committed abroad against UK records.

The data on 4,000 individuals were sent by authorities in the Netherlands to the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2007. But work to check the samples against the UK's DNA database began only last month.

In the Commons, Prime Minister Gordon Brown admitted that 11 crimes - including assault - had been carried out by people whose DNA profiles were on the disk. An inquiry ordered by attorney general Baroness Scotland would reveal what happened, he said.

Conservative leader David Cameron accused Brown of catastrophic errors of judgement'.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said Scotland would ensure 'that all necessary steps are taken to make sure that this does not happen again'. …

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