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Extradition

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Her Majesty's Government expect to ratify the European convention on extradition; and if he will make a statement.

The Government hope to make the necessary Order in Council shortly before the summer recess, with a view to ratification of the convention as soon as possible thereafter. The convention provides for 90 days to elapse between ratification and the provisions coming into effect.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many persons were extradited to the United Kingdom from each country of the European Community in each of the last five years; and what were their nationalities;(2) how many persons were extradited from the United Kingdom to each of the other countries of the European Community in each of the last five years; and what were their nationalities.

The tables give the number of persons extradited to and from the United Kingdom in respect of the other countries of the European Community. The United Kingdom does not distinguish between extradition requests in respect of its own nationals and nationals of other countries. For this reason, the nationalities of those whose return is sought is not centrally recorded.

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

Extradition to an EC country from the United Kingdom

Belgium1

126

1
Denmark1
France14
Federal Republic of Germany57235
Greece1
Republic of Ireland31591317

2

Italy3411
Luxembourg
Netherlands13112
Portugal
Spain
1218

130

59

Extradition from an EC country to the United Kingdom

Belgium12
Denmark
France1132
Federal Republic of Germany21
Greece
Republic of Ireland317236

2

Italy
Luxembourg
Netherlands15
Portugal1
Spain142
Total44874

1 Includes 25 Heysel stadium football supporters.

2 Not yet available.

3 The return of fugitives to and from the Republic of Ireland takes place under reciprocal backing of warrants legislation, rather than under an extradition treaty.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which European Community countries do not permit the extradition of their own nationals.

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State to a question from the hon. Member for Gower (Mr. Wardell) on 18 April 1990 at columns 910–11. The limitations on the ability of particular Community countries to extradite their own nationals, described in that reply, apply irrespective of the nature of the offence.In the third paragraph of the earlier reply, mention is made of an amendment to Dutch domestic law that took place in "1981". This should have read "1988".