§ Mr. Chris Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions in the last five years he has used his discretion under the Fugitive Offenders Act(a) to order or (b) to refuse the return of a fugitive in extradition cases; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. John Patten
The Secretary of State signed 28 surrender warrants in extradition cases under section 9(1) of the Fugitive Offenders Act 1967, during the period from 1 January 1984 until 26 September 1989, when the Act was replaced by the Extradition Act 1989. In the same period no requests were refused.