Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) MP for Gravesham. Read Theology and then Social and Political Science at Cambridge University. After university he went to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst before being commissioned into the Grenadier Guards. After leaving the army he became an investigative journalist reporting for ITN. First elected in 2005.
Adam Holloway website DNA Database – Slippery Slide to Big Brother or Eradication of Crime?
- At present I believe that Civil Liberties are being abused - you only have to be arrested for a crime to find yourself swabbed and on the database forever, even if you turn out to be innocent. Perhaps we should look at a voluntary database - increasing the number of people, thereby making the police's job easier as millions of us could be ruled out of, rather than in to, their enquiries.
- However, I will be following this debate and holding the Government to account before we have a DNA database driven by stealth.
House of Commons debate Dna Database 30 March 2006
- The national deoxyribonucleic acid database—the national DNA database—has the potential to transform our country into a low-crime society, but it also has the potential to make us feel that we are living in the "Big Brother" house. There are currently about 3 million people on the database, and that number includes what has been described as
- "virtually the entire criminally active population".
- By 2008, it is predicted to include 4.2 million people, and presumably most of those new additions will be people who are not currently criminally active. Since last year, well over 100,000 law-abiding people have been added, even though they have not been charged with any crime. The number continues to increase each year.
Adam Holloway continues with a long and detailed description of the current problems with the DNA database. He managed to securing the debate and clearly care deeply about this issue.
Against ID Cards, used his maiden speech to speak out against them and has asked several questions on them.
Signed Early Day Motion 2699 Freedom of Information 10 December 2006
- That this House welcomes the finding of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (HC991) that the Freedom of Information Act has `already brought about the release of significant new information and....this information is being used in a constructive and positive way' and the committee's conclusion that it sees `no need to change' the Act's charging arrangements; views with concern reports that the Government is considering changing these arrangements to permit an application fee to be charged for all requests or to allow authorities to refuse, on cost grounds, a significant proportion of requests which they currently must answer; and considers that such changes could undermine the Act's benefits of increased openness, accountability and trust in the work of public authorities.