Clause 123 - Consent to extradition: general

Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 14th January 2003.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

I wish to have a brief clause stand part debate, because the Law Society had the same concerns about situations in which there is consent to extradition. We have already debated the issues related to that.

The Law Society believes that the person who may be extradited should have the opportunity to have independent legal advice and to revoke that consent. We have already debated that matter, but having reached this point in the Bill, and given that the issue is dealt with separately in part 2, we should mention it so that the concern is not lost. The point about the need for independent legal advice applies equally to the situation before someone consents to extradition. Extradition is a dramatic step, and people need to ensure that they have had the benefit of independent legal advice before they are extradited. I therefore hope that it is not wasting the Committee's time to flag up that issue in our debate on part 2, as we did in our debate on part 1.

Photo of Edward O'Hara Edward O'Hara Labour, Knowsley South

A reminder of cross-references is in order, but not a full debate.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 123 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 124 and 125 ordered to stand part of the Bill.