HC Deb 20 January 1986 vol 90 cc33-4W
Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is satisfied with the present arrangements for the extradition from the Republic of Ireland of those suspected of having committed criminal offences within the United Kingdom.

Mr. Eggar

Extradition arrangements between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom provide for a comparatively simple and expeditious procedure based on the endorsement in the second jurisdiction of warrants of arrest in the first. Over a broad band of criminal offences some 25 persons per year on average are extradited from the Republic to the United Kingdom. In the joint communiqué issued at the signing of the Anglo-Irish agreement on 15 November 1985 (Cmnd. 9657), the Government of the Republic of Ireland expressed their intention to accede to the European convention on the suppression of terrorism as soon as possible. Irish accession to the convention should improve the position as far as security-related offences are concerned.