Clause 193 - National security

Part of Extradition Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 21st January 2003.

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Photo of John Maples John Maples Conservative, Stratford-on-Avon 11:15 am, 21st January 2003

I take the Minister up on the point that this has been the law for several years. He may be suggesting that we introduced it. Surely the difference is the European framework document and the introduction of automatic extradition. If the protections of dual criminality and the Home Secretary's discretion were in place, we would not be making the point so strongly. Because of the European framework document, and the automatic extradition that will now take place, we are looking closely at its terms. That is the difference. I am not saying that it is wrong but there is a difference, and that is what it is.