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Terrorism: Detainees

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Walsall North (Mr. Winnicle) of 10 March 2010, Official Report, column 294, on what date the Government made representations to the US administration on the use of torture of detainees suspected of involvement in terrorism. (322448)

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) 2005 report, "The Handling of Detainees by UK Intelligence Personnel in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq" sets out the actions taken by UK officials and Ministers in response to concerns about the treatment of detainees in US custody. The report shows representations were made to the US authorities from June 2002. Most of the specific incidents described in the Committee's Report were followed up with the US authorities, either in theatre or through intelligence and diplomatic channels, including at ministerial level.