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Guantanamo Bay: Detainees

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he formally requested the return of British residents from Guantanamo detention facility; when he expects this to occur; and if he will make a statement. (171092)

The Government requested on 7 August 2007 the release from Guantanamo Bay and return to the UK of five men who, while not UK nationals, were legally resident here prior to their detention. We have made representations to the US in respect of these individuals. In some cases the resulting discussions are still ongoing; and despite media coverage over the weekend we cannot guarantee that representations in respect of any of these individuals will be successful. We are in touch with the families and legal representatives of all five individuals about the status of these discussions.