Offences, Northern Ireland (Extradition Treaty)

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1955.

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Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North 12:00 am, 28th July 1955

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what further progress has been made towards the conclusion of an extradition treaty between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Eire so as to cover offences committed in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

I regret that I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Londonderry (Mr. Chichester-Clark) on 16th June.

Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North

Is my hon. Friend aware that the persistent refusal of the Government of Eire to negotiate an agreement on these lines is creating an unfortunate impression in Northern Ireland? Will he and his noble Friend do their best to reach an understanding on this matter, in the interests both of common justice and good neighbourly relations between both parts of Ireland?

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

Yes, I am sure that the authorities of the Irish Republic are in no doubt that we want to see an improvement in the present position.