HL Deb 30 April 2003 vol 647 cc106-7WA
Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions they have had with the United States Government about the treatment of prisoners captured by British and United States forces in Iraq; and whether they have agreed common criteria for treating any prisoners as not being entitled to the protection of the Geneva convention. [HL2451]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

Treatment of those captured during a period of hostilities are matters for those who capture them (the detaining power). Prisoners captured by United Kingdom forces in Iraq will be treated according to our obligations under the Geneva conventions. Those who are not entitled to prisoner of war status will, nevertheless, be treated humanely and decently. We are confident that the United States will do likewise.