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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 219031, tabled on 16 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government communicated with the US (a) Senate Committee on Intelligence or people contributing to that Committee and (b) Administration about that Committee's study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program and UK involvement in (i) torture and (ii) rendition; whether any information in earlier drafts or unpublished versions of that study relating to (A) direct or (B) indirect UK involvement in that programme were (1) redacted or (2) not published following representations from the Government; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

5 January 2015

The US gave our intelligence Agencies limited sight of some sections of the executive summary prior to its publication.

Our Agencies highlighted a small number of issues in the proposed text where changes would be necessary to protect UK national security and intelligence operations. None of these redactions related to allegations of UK involvement in detainee mistreatment.

We did not lobby, at any level, to have information removed or redacted in relation to UK involvement in rendition or mistreatment of detainees. The British Government did not receive an advance copy of the summary before publication, and has not seen a copy of the full report.

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