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USA: Detainees

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any information has been passed to the UK from detainees held by the US administration since 2001, obtained through the use of interrogation techniques which may constitute torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under British law, including the technique known as waterboarding. (182070)

It is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment on matters relating to intelligence issues.

The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture as a matter of fundamental principle. The Government, including its intelligence and security agencies, never uses torture for any purpose, including obtaining information. Nor would we instigate action by others to do so.