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Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria his Department uses in assessing extradition requests from other countries. (132660)

[holding answer 18 April 2007]: The requirements for extradition requests are set out in the Extradition Act 2003. Extradition requests from EU member states are assessed wholly by the courts using criteria set out in Part one of the Act.

Extradition requests from other parts of the world are considered in part by the courts using criteria set out in Part two of the Act. The Secretary of State’s role in considering extradition requests is limited to requests made under Part two of the Act; and in those requests, he must decide whether he is prohibited from ordering a person’s extradition under criteria set out at sections 94-96 of the Act. These relate to the death penalty, speciality and possible earlier extradition from a third country.