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Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made in the identification of possible incidents of rendition flights via UK airports since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (225923)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary informed Parliament in a written ministerial statement on 3 July that the US Government have confirmed that, with the exception of two cases of rendition through Diego Garcia in 2002 about which he informed Parliament in an oral statement on 21 February, there have been no other instances in which US intelligence flights landed in the United Kingdom, our Overseas Territories, or the Crown Dependencies, with a detainee on board since 11 September 2001. US Secretary of State Rice has also underlined the firm US understanding that there will be no rendition through the UK, our Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies or airspace without first receiving our express permission.