I have always supported a national database for DNA and I believe that my party would as well, had there been a proper and full debate about it. But I believe that Lord Harris is being disingenuous and you are displaying a certain amount of ignorance this morning. It is the Criminal Justice Bill to start with, not the Crime and Disorder Bill. It was lost by 29 votes, the not contents were 130 and the contents were 101, so I am sure it could be brought back into the House of Commons where there is a majority of Socialists.
But this talks about people being detained. You could be drunk in a pub, you could be foul-mouthed and be detained by the police and end up having your DNA taken. This is the introduction of a full national database, which I fully support, by the back door. What this devious little Government must do is agree to have the full and proper debate so that the civil liberties issues that Lynne Featherstone has alluded to, so that other people's concerns can be registered. Do not try and slip it in as a clause within a Criminal Justice Bill.
Surely, you coming from your background would support a proper and full debate of this and then going forward to establish it.