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Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are being detained by UK authorities (a) under suspicion of and (b) charged with terrorist offences in military operational theatres. (306923)

Members of the UK armed forces detain personnel only in Afghanistan. As of 31 December 2009, 15 people were held in detention by UK armed forces in Afghanistan. The UK is not responsible for charging detainees; this is the responsibility of the Afghanistan authorities once they are transferred from UK custody.