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Guantanamo Bay

Volume 684: debated on Monday 17 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are holding discussions with the Government of the United States to establish a date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.[HL6813]

We often discuss detainee-related issues, including the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, with the US Administration. We have long made clear that we regard the circumstances under which the detainees continue to be held at Guantanamo Bay as unacceptable. As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has said, Guantanamo should be closed. The US Government are well aware of our views and indeed President Bush has indicated publicly that he would like to close the facility. So far there is, however, no indication of when that closure might take place.