Archive for 'Process' Category

Hague hopes for report before the election

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, October 16, 2014

by Chris Ames The BBC reports that William Hague has said he “hopes” the Iraq Inquiry report will be published before the 2015 general election. Hague was speaking as leader of the House of Commons  and reminded people that as shadow foreign secretary he led debates calling for an Iraq inquiry, which the Labour government […]

Report in February, Fox says

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, September 22, 2014

by Chris Ames Writing for The Week, the highly respected veteran defence writer Robert Fox says that: After much wrangling about what can and cannot be published of the personal correspondence between Tony Blair and George W Bush, I understand the report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will at last be released […]

The Inquiry is the obstacle to disclosure

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Monday, August 4, 2014

by Chris Ames As I have pointed out on many occasions, for all John Chilcot’s huffing and puffing about what it will be allowed to publish when it eventually releases its report, the Iraq Inquiry is in fact sitting on a large pile of documents which it has asked to publish and is allowed to […]

“Everything he wants to publish”

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014

by Chris Ames According to the Financial Times: Sir Jeremy Heywood, cabinet secretary, told a parliamentary committee on Thursday that Sir John Chilcot had written to him recently to say “he will be able to publish everything he wants to publish”. Heywood was appearing before the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. It seems the […]

The Lords debate Chilcot

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014

by Andrew Mason The House of Lords yesterday held a short debate on the delays being experienced by the Iraq Inquiry, following a question by Lord Dykes, who asked Her Majesty’s Government on “what date they expect to agree with the Chilcot Inquiry for the publication of the Inquiry report.” The full transcript can be […]

Inquiry costs rise

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014

by Chris Ames The Inquiry has published its costs for the last financial year. Rather embarrassingly, this has gone unnoticed by this website and the media generally for a few days, until this story in the Sunday Telegraph. The Sunday Telegraph points out that a lot of money has been spent paying people not to […]

New report of new delay

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014

by Chris Ames The Guardian’s Richard Norton-Taylor reports that: The Chilcot inquiry, which is expected to contain damning criticism of the way Tony Blair and his close advisers led Britain into war against Iraq, is unlikely to be published until next year, the Guardian has learned. A further delay in the report on the 2003 […]

Ye ancient ghoste of impeachment

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

by Andrew Mason Quite possibly, the Father of the House, Sir Peter Tapsell, read Simon Heffer’s Daily Mail piece published yesterday. Today, Sir Peter raised the same issue at Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons. The process for impeachment of a high official (be they a peer or a commoner) has long been […]

A source says…

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

by Andrew Mason According to the Mirror, a source has (presumably) told the paper that “the official verdict on the 2003 invasion will find that failure to plan for the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s regime led to horrific insurgency.” The source said: “They (the Chilcot team) see the failure to plan for the aftermath as […]

Francis Maude MP to appear before PASC

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

by Andrew Mason As was recently reported here on the Digest in the posting Committee to ask questions, Bernard Jenkin MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, was quoted as stating (with regard to the delays that have beset the Iraq Inquiry) that: “We may well call for the minister […]