HC Deb 24 October 2001 vol 373 cc279-80W
Ross Cranston

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases foreign Governments have asked for assistance in returning fugitives resident in the UK(a) generally and (b) for terrorist offences in each of the last five years. [9621]

Angela Eagle

Reliable records are available for only the last four years. In those years, the number of extradition requests received by the United Kingdom is as follows:

Number of requests received
1997 107
1998 111
1999 101
2000 78

It is not possible to say with precision how many of those cases involved charges of terrorism. That is because the fugitive may have been accused of non-terrorist charges committed in furtherance of alleged terrorist acts. Of requests currently outstanding, nine involve suspected terrorist activity.