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National Law Enforcement Data Programme


The Home Office’s National Law Enforcement Data Programme was created to replace the Police National Computer, the national record of data on arrests and missing or wanted persons, and the Police National Database, which facilitates sharing of intelligence between forces.

These systems are vital to police operations and are used by all 45 police forces and many other law enforcement agencies. Early in 2021 it was reported that the Police National Computer had suffered a data loss with the accidental deletion of thousands of records.

The Committee has warned, in previous inquiries, on the Home Office’s “miserable record of exorbitantly expensive digital programmes that fail to deliver”.  It will question senior officials at the Home Office on whether National Law Enforcement Data programme is likely to meet user requirements and deliver technology that is likely to work, progress against time and budget, and the remaining risks to successful delivery.

If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here by 6.00pm on Thursday 9th September 2021

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Twenty-Ninth Report - The National Law Enforcement Data Programme
Inquiry National Law Enforcement Data Programme
Committees Public Accounts Committee
HC 638
Response to this report
Treasury minutes: Government response to the Committee of Public Accounts on the Twenty Ninth report from Session 2021-22
HC 638
Government Response

Oral evidence transcripts

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16 September 2021
Inquiry National Law Enforcement Data Programme
Committees Public Accounts Committee
Oral Evidence

Written evidence

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  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA