Stephen presses Minister for Judge-led enquiry

Stephen has responded to a statement from the Government giving updates to the guidance and training for UK personnel dealing with detainees. He pushed for a judge-led enquiry into the matter but David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office responding on behalf of the Government, dismissed this idea.

Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: 'The response from the Minister was very disappointing. At every turn the Government has seemed determined to avoid judicial scrutiny on this matter. The public has a right to know about the past action of the intelligence services and to be consulted on the future rules by which they operate'.

The exchange came as part of discussion following the Minister's statement to the House yesterday.