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Iraq: Detainees

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1310W, on Iraq: detainees, what monitoring and administration of individuals in detention is necessary; and what the UK's reporting obligations are to the International Committee of the Red Cross. (200806)

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: In order to ensure that we can effectively administer individuals while they are detained by the UK armed forces, it is necessary to obtain and record some personal details. This is important, for example, to enable the relevant persons, such as their next of kin, to be informed of their detention and the location in which they are being detained. We collect information on an individual throughout their time in our detention, including their date of capture, medical records, and the date of release or transfer.

We are obliged, as laid out in the Coalition Provisional Authority Memorandum Number 3 (Revised), to report to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) information on individuals we have in our detention in Iraq and to grant the ICRC access to them.