Arrest Warrants: EU Nationals

Home Department written question – answered on 28th November 2011.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times her Department has used the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) to extradite a non-UK EU citizen resident in another member state to stand trial or complete a detention period in each year since the EAW has been operational to date for each type of offence; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 15 November 2011

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for Scotland are the designated UK authorities responsible for processing European Arrest Warrants (EAWs). Information is held on Part 1 cases (persons wanted from the UK by another member state) and Part 3 cases (persons wanted by the UK from another member state).

Information on the number of individuals surrendered to the UK under an EAW by offence type and by nationality is only available from April 2009 due to a change in the way data were recorded from this date. For cases before this date, a manual examination of files would have to take place. This would incur disproportionate cost.

In 2009-10, 24 surrenders took place of a non-UK EU national from another EU member state to the UK. A breakdown of the offences and nationalities is shown in the following table.

2009-10
  Offence  
Nationality Fraud GBH Rape Child Sex Offences Robbery Drugs Murder Theft Immigration Other Total
Belgium 1 1
Cyprus 1 1
Denmark 1 1
Germany 1 1
Ireland 2 1 1 4
Netherlands 1 1 1 3
Poland 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Portugal 1 1
Romania 3 3 6
Total 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 3 2 24

In 2010-11 47 surrenders took place of a non-UK EU national from another EU member state to the UK. A breakdown of the offences and nationalities is shown in the following table.

2010-11
  Offence  
Nationality Fraud GBH Rape Child Sex Offences Robbery Drugs Murder Theft Money laundering Other Total
Belgium 2 2
Czech Republic 1 1 2
Estonia 1 1 2
France 1 1 1 3
Ireland 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 10
Italy 1 1 2
Lithuania 1 3 4
Malta 1 1
Netherlands 1 10 1 1 13
Poland 1 1 2
Portugal 1 1
Romania 3 1 4
Spain 1 1
Total 10 5 2 4 2 11 4 3 1 6 47

Due to the way that the data are recorded, it is not possible for these figures to be broken down by the number returned to stand trial or complete a detention period in each year without a manual examination of each individual case file. This would incur disproportionate cost.

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