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Business statement

Commons leader Sir George Young outlined forthcoming Commons business on 22 March 2012.

The House is due to sit for two days before rising for the Easter recess on Tuesday 27 March.

MPs will conclude their consideration of the Budget on Monday 26 March, focusing on technology and growth.

On Tuesday 27 March, members will debate a Backbench Committee motion on assisted suicide.

Also during the session, Conservative Julian Brazier called for a debate on the European arrest warrant (EAW).

Mr Brazier raised the case of his constituent, Graham Mitchell, who is facing extradition to Portugal for a crime he was cleared of 17 years ago.

Mr Mitchell is wanted to stand trial for the attempted murder of a German tourist in the Algarve in 1994.

He and his friend Warren Tozer were cleared in 1995 in a high-profile trial in Portugal which was recorded by BBC's Panorama programme.

But Mr Mitchell was re-arrested on 6 March by British police acting on a European arrest warrant.

Mr Brazier attacked the move, and claimed the alleged victim was now "alive and well and playing golf in Germany".

Sir George replied that Home Secretary Theresa May was considering a report by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Scott Baker into extradition treaties.

The Commons leader said she would give her conclusions "shortly", but he urged EU countries to exercise "proportionality" in their use of the EAW in the meantime.


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