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Asked about discrepancies in the answers given by Ministers on torture, the PMS said that he wouldn t agree with the assumptions in the question. The Foreign Secretary and the Home Secretary had set out in detail in the Sunday Telegraph the Government s position on torture and he had nothing to add to what they had said.

Put that they had not addressed the issue of complacency, the PMS said that the Ministers had answered that in the sixth paragraph of the article.

Asked what the position was on a public inquiry, the PMS said that the Government position on this remained the same. As we had said before, we did not support calls for an inquiry. Concerns raised in this report and other allegations were not new. We had taken steps in March to publish the consolidated advice to intelligence officers as well as asking the ISC to consider new developments on rendition and detention. For these reasons we believed that an inquiry was not necessary.

Put that the guidance had not gone out, the PMS said that the guidance was being consolidated; there was existing guidance, but we had announced in March that we would consolidate all guidance to make it clearer and the work on that was underway. We hoped to provide the ISC with that material in the early autumn.

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