Policy paper

Report of the Detainee Inquiry

This report summarises the preparatory work of The Detainee Inquiry and highlights particular themes and issues that might merit more investigation.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Report of the Detainee Inquiry December 2013

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On 6 July 2010, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that the government was establishing an independent, judge-led inquiry - The Detainee Inquiry - to be chaired by Sir Peter Gibson, a former senior Court of Appeal Judge, that would:

…look at whether Britain was implicated in the improper treatment of detainees, held by other countries, that may have occurred in the aftermath of 9/11.

On January 18, 2012, the then Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Rt. Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP statement to the House announced:

…. following consultation with Sir Peter Gibson, the Inquiry Chair, we have decided to bring the work of his Inquiry to a conclusion. We have agreed with Sir Peter that the Inquiry should provide the government with a report on its preparatory work to date, highlighting particular themes or issues which might be the subject of further examination. The government is clear that as much of this report as possible will be made public.

This is the report of The Detainee Inquiry on its preparatory work. It highlights particular themes and issues that the Inquiry Panel believe might merit further examination. The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP made a statement to Parliament about it on 19 December 2013.

Published 19 December 2013