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Rendition

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government has taken in international forums to raise concerns on the use of extraordinary rendition. (198020)

We have cooperated fully with previous investigations by the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on rendition and have informed them of the new information we received from the US on 15 February regarding two cases of rendition through Diego Garcia in 2002. We will continue to cooperate with such international forums on this issue.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Statement of 21 February 2008, Official Report, column 547, on terrorist suspects (renditions), which officials are responsible for receiving and administering US requests for permission to use British airports and air bases, including US bases on British territory, for rendition of individuals. (198019)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is the lead Department on rendition policy and officials in its Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) are the designated points of contact for this issue. All UK overseas missions are aware that they must notify CTD of any potential rendition requests from the US or third countries. Our officials continue to work with their US counterparts on the details and implications of the new information passed to us on 15 February regarding two cases of rendition through Diego Garcia in 2002. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has also written to Secretary Rice, further to his statement to the House on 21 February 2008, Official Report, columns 547-48, to request clarification on a number of specific issues and to clarify the appropriate arrangements for any future rendition requests.