Inquiry delay questioned in the House of Lords

by Andrew Mason

The BBC has reported on concerns expressed yesterday in the House of Lords about the “considerable delay” in the publication of the conclusions of the Iraq Inquiry without making any reference whatsoever to a key element of the parliamentary oral question asked by Lord Dykes.

Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry


To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the chairman and secretariat of the Iraq Inquiry about possible delays in publication of its report due to responses from officials of the government of the United States.

Similarly, the response on behalf of the government made by the Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Lord Strathclyde, made absolutely no mention of the suggestion that the US government might have made representations requesting the holding back of the Inquiry’s eventual findings.

In response to Lord Strathclyde’s reply to his question, Lord Dykes also (interestingly) stated:

It is a very long process and the sooner it is published the better, but there is still a considerable delay. The particular implications of eventual submissions to the ICC should also be borne in mind.