HC Deb 19 March 1963 vol 674 c43W
93. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring in early legislation to amend the Fugitive Offenders Act, 1881, so that Commonwealth citizens are not less favourably treated than aliens in extradition cases.

Mr. Brooke

Any question of making changes in the Fugitive Offenders Act has wide implications which would require detailed consultation with other Commonwealth governments. I can therefore give no undertaking of early legislation but, as a first step, I am proposing in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and for the Colonies to examine the Act afresh in its relationship to the future pattern of the Commonwealth.