HC Deb 18 December 2001 vol 377 c244W
Mr. Crausby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many errors in fingerprint identification have been discovered in(a) the UK and (b) the Greater Manchester area in the last five years. [16950]

Mr. Denham

This information is not collated nationally.

During the last five years over 75,000 crime scene submissions have been received in the Greater Manchester Police Fingerprint Unit, which have produced nearly 19,000 identifications. In the last five years, two cases in which a person who was incorrectly identified.

Greater Manchester Police Fingerprint Unit has an excellent reputation and performance record and has taken all practical steps to mitigate the risk of any further occurrences.