Foreign Secretary David Miliband has apologised to the House of Commons for having to correct previous statements on the use of UK territories for US "terrorist suspect rendition" flights. Here is breakdown of ministers' comments on rendition flights.
12 DEC 2005: FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW
Careful research by officials has been unable to identify any occasions since 11 September 2001, or earlier in the Bush Administration, when we received a request for permission by the United States for a rendition through UK territory or airspace, nor are we otherwise aware of such a case.
22 DEC 2005: TONY BLAIR AT PRESS CONFERENCE
I have absolutely no evidence to suggest that anything illegal has been happening here at all, and I am not going to start ordering inquiries into this, that and the next thing, when I have got no evidence to show whether this is right or not. And I honestly, it is like all this stuff about camps in Europe or something, I don't know, I have never heard of such a thing, I can't tell you whether such a thing exists.
20 JAN 2006: JACK STRAW WRITTEN STATEMENT
Some media reports over the last 48 hours, based on a leaked government document, have suggested that the government may be aware that there have been cases of 'extraordinary rendition' through UK territory or airspace about which it has not informed parliament. This is not the case. I have given parliament clear answers, updated as information has become available to me.
18 JULY 2006: FOREIGN OFFICE MINISTER LORD TRIESMAN
There is no evidence of detainees being rendered through the United Kingdom or the overseas territories since 1997 where there were substantial grounds to believe that there was a risk of torture.
MARCH 2007: TONY BLAIR TO INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMITTEE
Mr Blair said that he was satisfied that the US had at no time since 9/11 rendered an individual through the UK or through our Overseas Territories.
JULY 2007: GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO ISC REPORT
The government welcomes these clear conclusions, which support the government's repeated assurance that there is no evidence to suggest that renditions have been conducted through the UK without our permission, or in contravention of our obligations under domestic and international law.
18 JULY 2007: FOREIGN OFFICE MINISTER LORD MALLOCH BROWN
The US authorities have repeatedly given us assurances that no terrorist suspects have been, or are being, held on Diego Garcia, or at any time have passed in transit through Diego Garcia or its territorial waters or airspace.
21 FEBRUARY 2008: DAVID MILIBAND
Contrary to earlier explicit assurances that Diego Garcia had not been used for rendition flights, recent US investigations have now revealed two occasions both in 2002 when this had in fact occurred. An error in the earlier US records search meant that these cases did not come to light. In both cases, a US plane with a single detainee on board refuelled at the US facility in Diego Garcia.