As a Libyan dissident and his wife take the British Government to court over claims that it helped send them to Gaddafi’s prisons, new powers of “secret justice” could still stop the truth from coming out, Andrew Tyrie writes in Prospect magazine.

The newly appointed deputy director of the CIA ran a black site in 2002, and signed an order to destroy tapes of the interrogations, according to the New York Times.

President Trump’s latest comments on torture make it all the more important that the Prime Minister puts robust safeguards in place to ensure that Britain doesn’t get dragged into this again, Andrew Tyrie MP told the Independent.

The Washington Post has published a document which it says is a draft executive order, apparently drafted by the Trump administration, calling for a policy review that could authorise the CIA to reopen “black site” prisons overseas.

Andrew Tyrie MP asked the Prime Minister if she would make clear to President Trump that Britain will not return to facilitating torture.

"Today’s ruling takes the public a step closer to the truth about Britain’s role in extraordinary rendition – the programme of kidnap and torture developed during the Bush administration, and facilitated by the UK Government."

Mike Pompeo, nominee to head the CIA, has said that he would not follow orders to use banned interrogation techniques, and that he couldn't imagine Donald Trump giving such an instruction.

President Obama will preserve a report on the CIA’s torture programme among his presidential papers, preventing it from being destroyed under the Trump administration.