Torture

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 30 November 2005.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the use in England and Wales of intelligence obtained by torture upon (a) the United Kingdom's international standing and reputation and (b) the effectiveness of British foreign policy.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Foreign Secretary

The Government, including the intelligence and security agencies, never uses torture for any purposes, including to obtain information. Nor would we instigate others to do so. Where we are helping other countries to develop their own counter-terrorism capability, we ensure that our training or other assistance promotes human rights compliance. Our rejection of the use of torture is well known by our liaison partners.

I am unaware of any adverse impact on the UK's international standing and reputation and the success of British foreign policy from this approach.

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