HC Deb 24 March 1927 vol 204 c539

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the recent case of an Englishman arrested at the instance of the British authorities under an extradition warrant at Boulogne; whether, seeing that the detenu was on his way to board the steamer for England, he will say why he was not allowed to continue his journey to England; and how long extradition proceedings are likely to take and on whom the cost of these will fall?


I am aware of the circumstances of this case. His Majesty's Government applied to the French Government at the beginning of the month for the extradition of this man on certain criminal charges. The French Government at once took steps to comply with this application, but were unable to effect his arrest till the 18th. The time taken in extradition proceedings varies with the circumstances, including the attitude of the accused. The expenses of the proceedings in France do not fall upon this country.