The US-UK Extradition Treaty - Home Affairs Committee Contents

Formal Minutes

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Members present:

Keith Vaz, in the Chair
Nicola Blackwood
James Clappison
Michael Ellis
Lorraine Fullbrook
Alun Michael
Steve McCabe
Mark Reckless
Mr David Winnick

Draft Report (The US-UK Extradition Treaty), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 20 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 21 read as follows.

Extradition imposes a significant burden on the accused, who might have to spend many months or years living in a foreign country, away from their home, family, friends and job. It would be fundamentally unjust to submit an innocent person to such an ordeal, even if they were subsequently acquitted at trial. We do not therefore believe that extradition should take place without some case being made against the requested person and we recommend that the Government seek to re-negotiate the Treaty in order to reinstate the prima facie evidence test.

Amendment proposed, in line 5, to leave out from "seek" to the end of the paragraph and add "urgently to re-negotiate the Treaty in order to introduce an evidence test, while balancing issues such as delay and cost."—(Nicola Blackwood)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

    Ayes, 6      Noes, 1

  Nicola Blackwood    Mr David Winnick
Michael Ellis
Lorraine Fullbrook
Steve McCabe
Alun Michael
Mark Reckless            

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph 21, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 22 to 36 read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Report be the Twentieth Report of the Committee to the House.

The Committee divided.

    Ayes, 6      Noes, 1

    Nicola Blackwood    Michael Ellis
    Lorraine Fullbrook
    Steve McCabe
    Alun Michael
    Mark Reckless
    Mr David Winnick

Resolved, That the Report be the Twentieth Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for placing in the Library and Parliamentary Archives.

[Adjourned till Tuesday 17 April at 10.40 a.m.

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