Lords examines Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill

24 March 2020

The Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill has its report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Monday 23 March.

Members discuss:

  • the period within which a person must be brought before a judge
  • requirements before adding, varying or removing a reference to a territory.

Third reading, a final chance to make changes to the draft law in the Lords, is yet to be scheduled.

Lords committee stage: Thursday 5 March

The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, away from the chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments (changes) can be made but no votes can take place.

Members discussed a range of topics, including:

  • reporting on the reliability of Interpol Red Notices as a basis of arrest
  • production of an annual statement on the number of individuals arrested and their protected characteristics.

 Lords second reading: Tuesday 4 February

Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative), Minister of State in the Home Office, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.

Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill summary

This bill will amend the Extradition Act 2003 to provide law enforcement officers with the power to arrest individuals, without a warrant, for the purpose of extraditing people for serious offences.

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