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European Arrest Warrant

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

20. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of European arrest warrants. (254656)

Although there is no ministerial involvement in the EAW process, my officials and those agencies and services responsible for its operation continually review its effectiveness. Additionally, member states’ operation of the EAW is subject to peer evaluation at EU level.

In 2007 (the last year for which figures are available), the UK extradited 320 people to other EU member states under the EAW. In the same period, 96 people were returned to the UK to stand trial or serve custodial sentences.