Document Library - APPG Letters
The APPG receives a reply from the Defence Secretary, further to its letter of 30 March 2009. The APPG's letter had raised concerns with the Defence Secretary about his statement of 26 February 2009, in which he confirmed that two people captured by UK Forces and transferred to US detention had subsequently been rendered from Iraq to Afghanistan; and about documents published in Australia that reported British involvement in a specific operation.
Secretary of State for Defence John Hutton wrote to the APPG about his Statement of 26 February 2009, in which he confirmed that two people captured by UK Forces and transferred to US authorities, had been rendered from Iraq to Afghanistan in 2004. The letter set out that every substantive piece of correspondence sent from the MOD to Andrew Tyrie on this issue had been inaccurate.
Andrew Tyrie wrote to the Defence Secretary about the 'understanding' in place between US and UK Forces regarding detainee handovers, asking for clarification on specific aspects of the MOD's policy, and highlighting the previous inaccurate assurances provided by the US Administration on rendition.
The APPG writes to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to request an internal review under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of the decision not to disclose any information requested in a letter dated 20 June 2008. These initial requests were made in relation to allegations made by Mr Ben Griffin, a former UKSF soldier.
Andrew Tyrie wrote to the Defence Secretary Rt Hon John Hutton MP, further to Rt Hon Des Browne's letter of 5 September 2008, about the MOD's policy in relation to people it captures, and enclosing a Legal Opinion prepared for the APPG by Michael Fordham QC and Tom Hickman, of Blackstone Chambers. The Opinion is also available from this website.
The APPG receives a reply from Rt Hon Des Browne MP, further to FOIA requests and other issues raised in letters to the Defence Secretary of 20 June and 10 July 2008. In his letter he sets out MOD policy relating to UK Special Forces, and withholds the requested information.
The APPG writes to the MOD following its refusal to provide all the information requested in previous correspondence, which was set out in Rt Hon Des Browne MP's letter of 7 July 2008. The letter requests that an internal review into this refual be carried out. These requests were made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The MOD releases a section of its review of detention practices in Iraq and Afghanistan, after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the APPG. Other information was withheld by the MOD.
The APPG wrote to the Defence Secretary Des Browne, following his letter of 19 March 2008, about allegations made by former SAS soldier Ben Griffin. The letter asked a number of questions about MOD policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and requested a number of pieces of information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).