Cabinet Office Review of Consolidated Guidance :Written statement - HCWS1746

Ministry of Defence
Made on: 18 July 2019
Made by: Penny Mordaunt (Secretary of State for Defence)

Cabinet Office Review of Consolidated Guidance

On 20 May 2019, in response to an urgent question, I made a statement to Parliament on Ministry of Defence internal policy with regard to the receipt and sharing of intelligence related to detainees overseas. My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Rt Hon David Lidington) is updating the House today. Sir Adrian Fulford, the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, has now has finalised his review of the Consolidated Guidance and has recommended its replacement with a new document: ‘The Principles Relating to the Detention and Interviewing of Detainees Overseas and the Passing and Receipt of Intelligence Relating to Detainees, a draft of which was provided to Government on 12 June 2019. The Ministry of Defence, along with other Government Departments, has considered these Principles, accepts them in full, and has begun work to update its internal guidance accordingly. The Principles and revised supporting internal guidance will be fully implemented by the end of the year.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1707

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