Republic of Ireland (Extradition Requests)

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Stratton Mills Mr Stratton Mills , Belfast North 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for extradition have been made to the Republic of Ireland Government from 1st January 1972 to the latest convenient date; how many applications have been successful; and what proposals he has to improve these arrangements.

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

The answer to the first part of the Question is 16. None of the applications has so far been successful. Where it appears that there are reasons for querying the failure to execute a warrant, the case is taken up with the authorities in the Republic of Ireland.

Photo of Mr Stratton Mills Mr Stratton Mills , Belfast North

Is not it very disappointing that the system does not appear to be working satisfactorily? Can my hon. Friend confirm my impression that there are a number of warrants that the security authorities in Northern Ireland have which would be lodged if this procedure worked satisfactorily? Then, taking the last part of my hon. Friend's reply about the examination of the reasons why these 16 cases have made no progress, can my hon. Friend say that they will be gone into in detail at diplomatic level?

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

As for the detail of the cases, where there is a delay it is naturally taken up with the authorities in the Republic of Ireland. Some of the persons concerned have been arrested in Northern Ireland and, encouragingly, three are now before the courts in the Republic. We welcome this. I believe that it is a sign of increased co-operation for the future upon which we must build our efforts in this area.