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Cabinet Office Statement: Rendition

Following on from the Urgent Question this week on rendition, where the Cabinet Secretary pledged to provide further information on a potential judge-led inquiry on rendition, we received a statement from the UK Government that they will not be undertaking such an inquiry.

Earlier this week I stated that the restriction of evidence to the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) – of which I am a member – meant that we had to draw to a close our own investigation on rendition.

I wanted the Minister to state clearly for the record that it is the choice of Committees who they request evidence from and not the government. Sadly, the Minister refused this and reiterated that the Government had the right to restrict access to witnesses.