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European Cup Final, Brussels

Volume 82: debated on Wednesday 10 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to ensure that British football fans who were at the Liverpool v. Juventus match in Brussels and who are liable to be charged with offences, and are at present in Great Britain, are not extradited to Belgium to stand trial.

No. Extradition arrangements with Belgium are provided for by the United Kingdom/Belgium extradition treaty. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made it clear on 3 June, at columns 22–23, that, in accordance with our international obligations, we will give the Belgium authorities every assistance in preparing requests for the extradition of persons accused of having committed offences at the European Cup final.