HC Deb 20 February 1933 vol 274 cc1523-4

Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding£6,500, be granted to His Majesty to defray the Charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1933, for certain Miscellaneous Legal Expenses, for the Salaries and Expenses of Arbitrators, etc., under the Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act, 1919, and for a Grant-in-Aid of the Expenses of the Law Society.

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The Committee will see that the additional£6,500 is required for the expenses incurred in arresting criminals in foreign countries. This unexpected increase in a Vote which, from its very nature is difficult to estimate, is due to the Broad Street Press prosecution. It was necessary to start extradition proceedings. In the case of two of the defendants these proceedings have terminated successfully. The third case is still proceeding. Under our Treaty with the United States, all the expenses connected with extradition are borne by the State demanding extradition. A person can only be delivered up on such evidence as can justify his extradition and commitment for trial according to the law of the country in which he is found. I am sure the Committee will have no complaint that we pursued these two men.


Can the hon. Gentleman tell us what is the position regarding Mr. Jacob Factor at the moment? The proceedings have been going on for nearly two years in America, and there seems to be unlimited possibility of delay, and of expenditure of English money in order to try to recover Mr. Factor who has already had a great deal of English money. Can he tell us what are the prospects of Mr. Factor returning shortly?


The proceedings, as my hon. and learned Friend has stated, have been of long duration. There has been a decision in the Federal Court in our favour. It is now subject to appeal, I understand, to the Supreme Court. I cannot tell how long it will be before the final decision is given.

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