HC Deb 15 October 1969 vol 788 cc471-2

Lords Amendment No. 59: In page 60, line 11, at end insert: C.—(1) There shall be included— (a) in the list of extradition crimes contained in Schedule 1 to the Extradition Act 1870; and (b) among the descriptions of offences set out in Schedule 1 to the Fugitive Offenders Act 1967, any offence of the kind discribed in section I of the Act of 1933 (which relates to cruelty to persons under sixteen) and any offence of the kind described in section 1 of the Indecency with Children Act 1960. (2) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as derogating from the provisions of section 17 of the said Act of 1870 or section 16(2) or 17 of the said Act of 1967 in their application to any provisions of those Acts respectively as amended by the preceding subsection.

Mr. Elystan Morgan

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

This Amendment provides that certain offences relating to children are included among extradition crimes under the Extradition Act.

Mr. Carlisle

I cannot resist the temptation to remind the House that it was on this Amendment in another place that Lord Stonham said that he had a seven-page brief to read to explain it, but that instead he preferred to move it formally. I am glad that the Under-Secretary has decided not to read a seven-page brief but has, instead, simplified the matter in a sentence.

My hon. Friends and I appreciate the work which Lord Stonham did throughout the time the Bill was in another place and the enormous amount of work he did the whole time he was Minister of State at the Home Office.

I understand that the Amendment merely says, in effect, that the ill-treatment of children is, under this provision, an extradictable offence, something with which all hon. Members will agree.

Question put and agreed to.

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