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Home Affairs Committee

Sir Alec Jeffreys, who designed DNA fingerprinting in the mid-1980s, has condemned the government's policy of retaining people's DNA on the national register, even if they are acquitted of a crime.

Answering a question by David Winnick , he told the Home Affairs Committee he would "profoundly object" to having his own DNA kept on the register, saying there was always the problem of a false match.

He claimed that the presumption of innocence until proven guilty was tuning into a "presumption of future guiltyness", however he confirmed his support for retaining DNA data when someone his found guilty of an offence.

Home Office Minister David Hanson confirmed to the committee that the government supported retention of DNA data for six years, even if someone is not convicted.

The evidence session with a general discussion on the government's approach to crime prevention.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling told the committee that the criminal justice system needed to focus more on early intervention, and that issues such as housing and the benefits system needed to be more integrated with justice policies.

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