The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has voted to keep the present DNA retention system which retains the DNA of those prosecuted of violent and sexual offences, but not subsequently convicted, for three years.
Scottish labour wanted DNA retention raised to six years in alignment with England and Wales. James Kelly, Scottish labour's spokesman on community safety, said: "It simply does not make sense for Scotland to have weaker laws on DNA retention than the rest of the UK."
What Mr Kelly really means is Scotland shouldn't be allowed to be different to the rest of the UK. London knows best is his mantra.
The Scottish ruling on DNA retention allows the courts to extend the three year period, on a rolling basis, in cases where someone continues to pose a danger to the public.
A more sensible proposal was made by the labour MSP Margaret Curran. She wishes victims of crime to be given the right to speak at parole hearings. Her proposal was also defeated, but the community safety minister, Fergus Ewing, said he would bring it forward in separate legislation.
I agree with Mrs Curran when she says, "The Scottish government's backing for my proposal on parole is a real step forward for victims' right".
Who says balanced government doesn't work?