HC Deb 09 December 1998 vol 322 cc213-4W
Mr. Coaker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will decide whether to issue an authority to proceed in response to the Spanish extradition request for Senator Pinochet. [63335]

Mr. Straw

I signed an authority to proceed in respect of Senator Pinochet today. The Spanish request for his extradition will now be considered by the courts. The reasons for my decision were sent to all the parties concerned in a letter from one of my officials as set out1. I am writing to inform you that the Secretary of State has today signed an authority to proceed in respect of Senator Pinochet. The authority to proceed and supporting

decision was taken to refuse them asylum. In the same period, 48 appeals were dismissed and 49 were abandoned or withdrawn.

In the case of nationals of the Czech Republic, two were recognised as refugees following appeal. A total of 36 appeals were dismissed and 25 were abandoned or withdrawn.