Clause 192 - Extradition for more than one offence

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 16th January 2003.

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Photo of Mr John Burnett Mr John Burnett Liberal Democrat, Torridge and West Devon 4:15 pm, 16th January 2003

The clause relates in part to the important principle of speciality. I remind the Committee of the wise words of the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Coventry, North-East, which were quoted in the excellent Home Affair Select Committee report. He said:

''We're retaining the principle that fugitives will only stand trial for the crime they were extradited for.''

The clause relates to extradition for more than one offence. Given the importance of the principle of speciality, we do not believe that these modifications should be introduced in any other form than by affirmative resolution of both Houses. I look forward to hearing the Minister's views on the matter.