asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the ending of the extradition treaty between Great Britain and Spain.
The Spanish embassy gave notice on 13 April 1978 of its Government's wish to terminate the extradition treaty. An offer to negotiate a new treaty was made to the Spanish Government with the aim of avoiding a period with no treaty in force. The termination notice remained effective, however, and the treaty terminated on 13 October 1978. Correspondence is continuing with the Spanish authorities with a view to finding a mutually acceptable basis for negotiation of a new treaty.