Chagos Islands

House of Lords written question – answered on 18 November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chagos Islands have been used for rendition flights.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

In February 2008, the US informed us that, contrary to earlier explicit assurances that Diego Garcia had not been used for rendition flights, there had in fact been two cases in January and September 2002 in which flights carrying a detainee had landed and refuelled on the island. It is regrettable that the new information on the two renditions only came to light in February 2008. The United States Government confirmed that, with the exception of two cases related to Diego Garcia in 2002, there have been no other instances in which US intelligence flights landed in the United Kingdom, our overseas territories, or the Crown Dependencies, with a detainee on board since 11 September 2001.

The right honourable David Miliband, then Foreign Secretary, made a Statement to Parliament on 21 February 2008 and a further Written Statement on 3 July 2008 following the receipt of renewed assurances from the US in June.

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