§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stage his consultations have reached with the Government of the People's Republic of China about an extradition treaty; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Officials have discussed the possibility of an agreement on judicial assistance to cover civil and commercial matters, with Chinese officials. We have not for the time being considered an agreement on extradition, or discussed this with the Chinese Government.