David Davis indicated to Anne-Marie Trevelyan that Britain may exit Prum to work on a better deal
The Brexit Secretary was asked by Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan if the UK would be coming out of the so-called Prum convention as a result of divorce from Brussels.
Mr Davis said the UK's departure from the EU meant "almost by definition" that it would quit Prum which allows European Union countries to search each other's databases for DNA profiles, vehicle registration data and fingerprints to identify foreign criminals and solve crimes.
Miss Trevelyan said she wanted the UK to leave Prum so the European Court of Justice (ECJ) cannot access her constituents' personal data.
We will be making new arrangements keeping terrorism, crime and so on under control.
She asked: "Could the Secretary of State confirm that we will be coming out of the Prum framework as it is now and building a new relationship for data-sharing to fight against crime and terrorism which ensures my constituents' most personal data is no longer subject to the ECJ?"
Mr Davis replied: "Almost by definition, because we are coming out of the union that will happen, but that's not to say that we will not be making new arrangements.
"The Prum framework for people is a data exchange, it covers things like DNA and so on.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Mr Davis reminded the House that Britain has an extensive intelligence network apart from the EU
"We will be making new arrangements with very, very clear in our mind keeping terrorism, crime and so on under control.
"But we will no doubt protect them from the ECJ."
Britain rejoined the Prum framework in 2016 having previously opted out.