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War Crimes

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1374W, on war crimes, what issues his Department is reviewing in connection with arrest warrants applications; (127389)

(2) what external advice his Department has sought in connection with the review of arrest warrant applications;

(3) whether his Department’s review of arrest warrants will involve public consultation.

We have been considering the legal and practical issues relating to the issue of arrest warrants in international cases and in particular those relating to applications by private individuals. We have not yet completed our consideration of these issues. The Government do not have plans for a public consultation and have not sought external advice on the issues under consideration, but we will take full account of all representations received on this matter. Any proposals to change the legislation would be laid before Parliament in the normal way.