§ Mr. Wilkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation took place between the Metropolitan Police and his Department prior to the arrest of Senator Pinochet of Chile; and when. 
§ Mr. Straw
Ministers and civil servants in the Home Office were kept informed by the Metropolitan Police of events leading up to Senator Pinochet's arrest on 16 October.
The decision to issue a provisional warrant for the arrest of Senator Pinochet was taken by the Bow Street Magistrate under section 8(1)(b) of the Extradition Act 1989 in response to a request from an extradition partner.