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European Extradition Warrant

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many European extradition warrants have been served on British citizens in each of the 32 categories of crime covered by the warrants; how many British citizens have been extradited to each EU country under a European extradition warrant; how many British citizens extradited under a European extradition warrant have subsequently been found guilty; and how many extradition requests under the European extradition warrant have been refused by a British court; (163060)

(2) what the (a) average, (b) longest and (c) shortest period is which has elapsed between the receipt in the UK of a European extradition warrant and it being served on the person covered by it.

[holding answers 12 and 13 November 2007]: The information which is available without disproportionate cost is as follows.

Since 2004 there have been a total of 900 European arrest Warrant arrests. Of that number 151 were British nationals. There were 122 discharges at court. Of that number, 41 were for British nationals. There have been 533 surrenders. Of that number 64 were British nationals.

The shortest time from certification of an EAW to arrest can be and has been on occasion a matter of hours.

As far as the longest time from certification of an EAW to arrest is concerned, there are EAW warrants dating back to 2004 that are certified but where an arrest has not yet been made. This can be for a number of reasons including lack of intelligence on the location of the individual.