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Extradition: EU Countries

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences British citizens have been (a) arrested and (b) surrendered to the authorities of another EU member state under the provisions of a European arrest warrant since the Extradition Act 2003 came into force. (243022)

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is the designated authority for the receipt and transmission of European arrest warrants in the UK. There is no Government involvement in the operation of the EAW. The following table gives a total figure for the number of people extradited to and by the UK since the EAW entered into force on 1 January 2004 until September 2008.

It is not possible from current systems to provide data broken down into British and non-British nationals, nor into types of offence. SOCA is putting in place a new database to record this information non-retrospectively.

Extradited from the UK

Surrenders

Part 1 EAW

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total

23

75

151

320

351

Extradited to the UK

Surrenders

Part 3 EAW

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Total extradited

24

62

75

96

78

Number of EAWs issued to and by the UK since 1 January 2004

Totals by year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Part 1 EAW

1,865

5,986

3,329

2,534

2,428

Part 3 EAW

96

131

75

185

172