§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Caroline Flint)
The Government are today publishing a report containing their 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 Libraries of both Houses of Parliament 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 Libraries of both Houses and can be accessed through the Home Office website at http://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 Parliament for approval by a resolution of each House.