Clause 184 - Free legal aid: supplementary

Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:45 pm on 16 January 2003.

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

Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett Liberal Democrat, Torridge and West Devon

I have the Minister's confirmation that full legal aid will be available for all extradition proceedings in Scotland, which will include the costs of providing an interpreter or interpreters. I hope that the

Minister will give me the same confirmation with regard to Northern Ireland, England and Wales.

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

I was not going to detain the Committee by calling a stand part debate, but since the hon. Member for Torridge and West Devon has raised a different point I shall ask a question. I am curious as to why the two subsections (2)(b) and (4) are printed in italics. Perhaps it is a peculiarity of the printing. Can the Minister shed any light on that?

Photo of Michael Wills Michael Wills Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Criminal Justice System IT)

I cannot shed any immediate light on why those subsections are printed in italics. I hope to be able to do so shortly—in fact I find that I am able to do so now. I am reliably informed that they must be printed in italics until the money resolution is passed. I am sure that many of us will have been enlightened by that.

I am happy to give the hon. Member for Torridge and West Devon the assurances he requires, although I should point out that the clause refers to Northern Ireland.

Having given those responses, I hope that the clause can stand part of the Bill.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 184 ordered to stand part of the Bill.