§ Lord Burlison
asked Her Majesty's Government:
When they will respond to the consultation on the draft code of practice, issued under Part 4 of the Extradition Bill. [HL5321]
§ Baroness Scotland of Asthal
We are today publishing a report containing our response to the consultation on the draft extradition code of practice.
The draft code of practice, which sets out the operation of police powers under Part 4 of the Extradition Bill, was published on 9 June 2003. The consultation closed on 8 September.
We are grateful to all those who took the time and trouble to respond to the consultation. The responses (other than those where the author requested that the response remain confidential) were placed in the Library of this House and made available on the Home Office website on 30 September.
The report contains a summary and analysis of the comments received and sets out the Government's position in response to the main issues raised by respondents. Copies of the report are available in the Library and can be accessed through the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crimpol/oic/ extradition/bill/documents.html.
Assuming that the Extradition Bill receives Royal Assent, the code of practice will be revised in the light of the comments received and laid before the House for approval by resolution.