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Guantanamo Bay

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to challenge the legality of the detention by the US of UK citizens at Guantanamo Bay. [117611]

We have been pressing the US to move forward with the process of determining the detainees' future and shall continue to do so. The detentions cannot be allowed to drag on indefinitely. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on 26 February 2003, Official Report, column 257 "…we are still receiving quite valuable information from people who are there [Guantanamo Bay]. However, I agree that it is an irregular situation and we would certainly want to bring it to an end as swiftly as possible." The US is aware of our view.