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Extradition Refusals

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The decision whether to grant or refuse an extradition request is a matter for my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

The Secretary of State's powers under the Extradition Act not to issue an Authority to proceed or surrender warrant have been exercised five times since 1 May 1997. His decisions were based on one of the following grounds. Either the papers submitted in support of the request were deficient; the charges did not amount to an extradition crime; the health of the subject of the request made extradition unjust or oppressive; or the subject of the request was convicted in his absence in the requesting state after a request had been made for him as an accused person.

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Pinochet Case: Lord Lamont's Questions

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many questions for Written Answer have been tabled by Lord Lamont of Lerwick concerning the Pinochet case; and what was the estimated cost to the public funds of answering them.[HL1881]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Our records show that Lord Lamont has tabled 70 questions for Written Answer concerning the Pinochet case since 17 December 1998. He has asked 26 questions of the Home Office, 16 questions of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 21 of the Attorney General/Lord Chancellor's Department, six of the Ministry of Defence and one of the Prime Minister. The most recent Treasury estimate of the average cost of answering a written parliamentary Question is £115, which would amount to a total cost to public funds of £8,050. Some of the questions required more than an average use of resources to answer them.

"Sandwich" Students: Pay

Lord Razzall asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether university students working temporarily in Parliament on "sandwich" courses are exempt from the provisions of the National Minimum Wage.[HL1579]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): Yes. Students attending a higher education course in the United Kingdom for a first degree or initial training for teachers, who are required, as part of their course, to work for a period not exceeding one year before the course ends, do not qualify for the national minimum wage in respect of that work.

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