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Extradition

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were sought for extradition (a) from and (b) to the UK in each year since 1997. (172947)

Since 1997, there have been 1,232 extradition requests made to England and Wales. These have resulted in 517 people being extradited back to the requesting state.

In the same time, the prosecuting authorities in England and Wales have made 589 extradition requests to extradition partners, with 378 people being extradited back. The following table gives a year-on-year breakdown.

It should be emphasised that these figures do not include statistics for the European Arrest Warrant, which the UK has been operating with our European Union partners since 1 January 2004. I refer to the answer given to this House on 29 November 2007, which gave the statistics for the EAW.

Total of extradition requests made to and by England and Wales, 1997 to 2007

Received

Extradited

Made

Returned

1997

107

43

44

28

1998

108

45

64

38

1999

103

37

56

35

2000

113

47

70

31

2001

161

55

82

52

2002

179

53

70

36

2003

148

56

82

64

2004

142

50

35

49

2005

54

62

29

17

2006

65

40

31

14

2007

52

29

26

14

Total

1,232

517

589

378