Mole to raise DNA question

IPSWICH MP Chris Mole is hoping to raise the question of creating a national DNA database at Prime Minister's Question Time tomorrow.He has been told he will have a chance to ask a question at the parliamentary showpiece, and wants to highlight the issue which has been at the centre of debate since the convictions of Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright and sex killer Mark Dixie.

IPSWICH MP Chris Mole is hoping to raise the question of creating a national DNA database at Prime Minister's Question Time tomorrow.

He has been told he will have a chance to ask a question at the parliamentary showpiece, and wants to highlight the issue which has been at the centre of debate since the convictions of Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright and sex killer Mark Dixie.

Mr Mole said today: “I'm not convinced that a national DNA database is practical or desirable, but I do think there should be a debate on the subject.

“I certainly don't feel there should be any reduction of the numbers of people on the DNA database - Wright was identified because he had committed a comparatively minor offence in the past and had there not been records kept he might have been on the streets for much longer.”

The Home Office has indicated that ministers and officials feel the time is not right for a major debate on a national DNA database, but Mr Mole felt that further discussion was needed.

He said: “I hope to be able to ask the Prime Minister about the issue at question time - it is an issue of concern to my constituents.”

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Conservative leader of Ipswich council Liz Harsant has already indicated she is in favour of setting up a national DNA database in the wake of the convictions of Wright and Dixie.

However her party leadership remains opposed to the proposal, feeling it would create severe practical and ethical difficulties.

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