§ 68. Mr. P. Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what authority the police take the fingerprints of persons after being bound over under the Probation of Offenders Acts.
§ Mr. Ede
Under the existing law the police have no authority to take fingerprints or photographs except with the consent of the individual concerned. Where a person is committed to prison, either to await trial or after conviction, his photograph and fingerprints may be taken by the prison authorities in pursuance of regulations made under Section 8 of the Penal Servitude Act, 1891. If the photograph and fingerprints of an untried prisoner who has not previously been convicted of crime are taken by the police or prison authorities and the individual is subsequently discharged or acquitted by the court, these records are forthwith destroyed or handed over to the person concerned.