A secret policy appearing to allow ministers to share intelligence with allies even if there is a risk of torture will be reviewed urgently, the government has promised.
Under pressure in the Commons, Penny Mordaunt, the defence secretary, pledged to call in the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office to examine the Ministry of Defence document.
“I have undertaken to review this policy,” Ms Mordaunt told MPs – some of whom urged her to go further by scrapping the policy immediately.
The defence secretary insisted the armed forces were “upholding international humanitarian law”, but added: “I can understand the concerns that have been expressed about the policy.”
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