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Syria: Counter-terrorism

Question for Attorney General

UIN 10466, tabled on 16 September 2015

To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 7 September 2015, on Syria: Refugees and Counter-terrorism, Official Report, column 30, what the legal basis was for the targeted killing of British citizens by remote control drone in Syria.

Answered on

12 October 2015

The Prime Minister gave a detailed statement on 7 September 2015 in which he informed the House that I was consulted on the action and was clear that there would be a legal basis for action in international law. By long-standing convention, reflected in the Cabinet Manual, the content of the Law Officers’ advice is not disclosed outside government without the consent of the Law Officers. As I explained in my oral evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the 15th September (HC 409), the convention should be adhered to in this case.

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