Skip to main content

Arrest Warrants

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many European Arrest Warrants have been (a) sought and (b) obtained by police forces and other organisations in England in respect of (i) each category of crime and (ii) each other member state; and if he will make a statement. (317728)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) We are unable to answer this part of the question. SOCA does not receive any information on the European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) which are applied for by UK Law Enforcement and only receives EAWs which have been issued.

(b) The data held on the number of EAWs issued cannot be broken down to reflect the figures for England only. All figures relate to the whole of the UK.

The figures for the number of EAWs issued by UK prosecuting authorities and transmitted by SOCA are as follows:

EAWs issued

Persons extradited to the UK

2004

96

19

2005

131

63

2006

126

76

2007

198

99

2008

218

96

It is not possible from current systems to provide data broken down into the number of EAWs issued by the UK in respect of each category of crime or of each other member state. This would require a manual examination of all files and incur disproportionate cost.