HL Deb 19 May 2003 vol 648 c58WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many Iraqi prisoners of war are now held; how many persons are in long-term detention; and whether it is intended to bring some arrested persons to court.[HL2495]

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

As at 15 May, 58 enemy prisoners of war are being administered by United Kingdom forces and held in US theatre internment facilities.

UK forces are holding some 90 Iraqi citizens who are assessed to pose a threat to security or who are suspected of having committed a criminal offence pending a formal investigation and possible trial under Iraqi law.

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