HL Deb 16 December 1998 vol 595 cc150-1WA
Lord Marlesford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 16 November (WA 136), whether they will list those modules which are currently available on the Police and Home Office Extended Name Index (Phoenix); those which are currently under preparation or under consideration; and which would fulfil a specific statutory obligation. [HL262]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

Phoenix includes the national criminal record database and applications containing details of disqualified drivers, sex offenders, and persons who are wanted or missing.

Developments to Phoenix which are currently under preparation or consideration include:

links to local police systems as part of the National Strategy for Police Information Systems (NSPIS). These will initially be in the area of Case Preparation, Custody, Crime & Incident Reporting and Command & Control;

links to new strategic systems to be developed by other areas of the criminal justice service, in particular courts, probation service and prisons;

links to the National Automated Fingerprint Identification Service (NASFIS);

enhancements to the sex offenders application;

registration to firearms certificate holders;

changes to the interface with the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO);

change requests from police forces to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of Phoenix;

links to the new Criminal Records Bureau.

The firearms application will meet the requirements of Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.