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Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give details of persons wanted in connection with terrorist offences committed since and including 1969 who have been extradited from the Irish Republic to Great Britain and vice versa.

The return of fugitives to and from the Republic of Ireland takes place by means of endorsed warrants of arrest. The Department does not have records of individual cases, but I understand that since 1969 no fugitives have been returned in respect of terrorist offences. However, two persons were returned to the Republic who had claimed unsuccessfully that their offences were political, and one person was returned to Great Britain having made a similar claim.