HC Deb 18 January 1999 vol 323 c341W
Mr. Gerald Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he knew of Lord Hoffman's and Lady Hoffman's involvement with Amnesty International when he announced his decision regarding the extradition of General Pinochet. [65089]

Mr. Straw

I explained in the reasons for my decision to issue an authority to proceed on 9 December 1998,official report, columns 213–17, that I had not accepted a representation made on behalf of Senator Pinochet that I should disregard the House of Lords' judgment on the grounds of alleged bias on the part of one of the Law Lords.

It was not for me, as Home Secretary, to question the basis on which the House of Lords has come to a particular decision.