Clause 53 - Presumed consent to other

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of John Maples John Maples Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon 11:00, 14 January 2003

The Minister—and, indeed, the Secretary of State—consistently ignores the other alternative in part 2. None of us has any problem with part 2: it could provide an equally effective solution to problems with our European partners and other countries. Part 1 is abhorrent because it removes every single protection against the extradition of a British citizen from Britain. Part 2 does not. If the Minister were to drop part 1 and accept part 2, I suspect that we could all go home now. Yet the Minister consistently fails to enumerate that alternative.