HC Deb 01 May 2002 vol 384 c791W
Mr. Menzies Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance has been issued to United Kingdom armed forces undertaking(a) Operation Jacana and (b) Operation Fingal with regard to the status of prisoners taken as part of these operations; and if he will make a statement. [52111]

Mr. Hoon

Any prisoners taken by Operation Jacana forces during offensive operations will be treated as prisoners of war. Operational Fingal forces, who are part of the International Security Assistance Force providing security assistance to the Interim Administration in Kabul, are not expected to be involved in operations that may involve the taking of prisoners.