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The Hearings » Iraq Inquiry Digest

The Hearings


Public hearings began on Tuesday 24 November 2009 and continued until early February 2010. A small number of witnesses appeared in early March 2010 before the Inquiry stopped holding hearings in the run-up to the May 2010 general election. A further four weeks of hearings took place from late June to late July 2010. At the end of these evidence sessions the Inquiry stated that it might call some witnesses back if it found gaps or contradictions between their testimony and written evidence.

In December 2010 the Inquiry announced that it would hold a further round of public hearings between 18 January and 4 February 2011. It published a list of the names of both new and returning witnesses, including Tony Blair. At the end of this last round of televised hearings Sir John Chilcot stated that the Inquiry had no plans for any further public hearings but would continue to seek written evidence as issues arose, and might also hold a small number of further private hearings. Also that in bringing their analysis of the evidence to a conclusion there would also be other individuals or groups, for instance, Parliamentarians, to whom the Inquiry team would wish to talk.

The Inquiry also held a number of secret hearings and has met witnesses in France, the US, Iraq and Jordan.

The Inquiry published a rolling timetable for the hearing sessions, which we have used to compile this page.

First Phase Hearings

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Tuesday 24 November 2009

Topic: UK Policy towards Iraq in 2001

Simon Webb, Policy Director, Ministry of Defence, 2001- 2004
Sir Peter Ricketts, Political Director, Foreign Office 2002/3
William Patey, Head of Middle East Department, Foreign Office, 1999-2002
Sir Michael Wood, Legal Adviser, Foreign Office, 1999-2006

Morning session transcript

Afternoon session transcript
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Wednesday 25 November

Topic: Weapons of Mass Destruction

Sir William Ehrman, Director International Security, Foreign Office 2000-2002
Tim Dowse, Head of Counter Proliferation, Foreign Office, 2001-2003

Morning session transcript

Afternoon session transcript
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Thursday 26 November

Topic: The Transatlantic Relationship

Sir Christopher Meyer (British Ambassador to the United States 1997–2003)

Transcript
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Friday 27 November

Topic: Developments in the United Nations

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to the United Nations 1998-2003

Transcript
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Monday 30 November

Topic: UK policy towards Iraq 2001 – 2003

Sir David Manning, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister 2001-2003

Transcript
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Tuesday 1 December

Topic: UK policy towards Iraq 2001 – 2003

Edward Chaplin, HM Ambassador to Jordan 2000-2002
Peter Ricketts, Director General Political (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 2001-2003

Official transcript
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Thursday 3 December

Topic: Military Planning

Kevin Tebbit, Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Defence) 1998-2005
Michael Boyce, Chief of the Defence Staff 2001-2003

Transcript
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Friday 4 December

Topic: Military Planning

Anthony Pigott, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments) 2000-2003

Transcript

David Wilson, Senior British Military Adviser to CENTCOM 2002-2003

Transcript

Topic: The view from London and Baghdad 2004-2007

Dominick Asquith, Director Iraq at the Foreign Office 2004-2006 and HM Ambassador to Iraq 2006-2007

Transcript
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Monday 7 December

Topic: Baghdad 2004 – 2005

Edward Chaplin, HM Ambassador to Baghdad, 2004 – 2005

Transcript

Topic: Post Invasion Iraq: The planning and the reality after the invasion

Maj Gen Timothy Cross, Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003

Transcript; Written statement

Desmond Bowen, Deputy Head, Defence and Overseas Secretariat from September 2002

Transcript
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Tuesday 8 December

Topic: Post Invasion Iraq: The planning and the reality after the invasion

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development, 2002-2007

Transcript

Dominick Chilcott (Head of Iraq Planning Unit, Foreign Office, 2003)

Transcript

Topic: Intelligence

Sir John Scarlett (Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee 2001-2004)

Transcript

Topic: The Military Invasion

Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge, National Component Commander Operation Telic, Nov 2002 – May 2003
Lt Gen Robin Brims, General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Armoured Division, UK Land Component Commander Operation Telic, Nov 2002 – May 2003

Transcript
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Wednesday 9 December

Topic: Law, Order and Security in the aftermath

Lt Gen Sir Frederick Viggers, Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, May – Sept 2003
Lt Gen Andrew Figgures, Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, Sept 2003 – Apr 2004

Transcript

Topic: Basra and the South 2003 – 2004

Sir Hilary Synnott, Coalition Provisional Authority’s Regional Commander for Southern Iraq, Jul 2003 – Jan 2004
Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South-East, Jul 2003 – Dec 2003, and Senior British Military Adviser to Iraq, Sept 2006 – July 2007
Maj Gen Andrew Stewart, Coalition Provisional Authority’s Regional Commander for Southern Iraq, Jul 2003 – Jan 2004

Transcript

Topic: Baghdad 2006 – 2007

Lt Gen Sir Graeme Lamb

Transcript
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Thursday 10 December

Topics: No 10 perspective in 2001; the early days of the Coalition Provisional Authority

Sir John Sawers, Private Secretary to Tony Blair with responsibility for Foreign Affairs, 1999-2001; UK Special Envoy for Iraq, May – July 2003 and Political Director, FCO, 2003 – 2007

Trancript
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Monday 14 December

Topic: Views from Baghdad 2004 – 2005

Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely
Lt Gen Robin Brims

Transcript

Topic: The view from Basra 2004 – 2005

Lt Gen Jonathon Riley

Topic: Basra and the South after the invasion

Gen Sir Peter Wall

Transcript
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Tuesday 15 December

Topic: Baghdad at the time of the Coalition Provisional Authority

Sir Jeremy Greenstock

Transcript

Topic: Views from Basra 2004 – 2006

Lt Gen William Rollo
Lt Gen John Cooper

Transcript
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Wednesday 16 December

Topic: The view from London and Baghdad

Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry

Transcript

Topic: The view from Whitehall

Sir Nigel Sheinwald
Sir John Sawers
Desmond Bowen

Transcript
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Thursday 17 December

Topic: Promoting Iraq’s recovery and growth after the initial invasion

Jim Drummond
Martin Dinham
Stephen Pickford

Transcript
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Tuesday 5 January 2010

Topic: Baghdad 2005 – 2006

Sir William Patey

Topics: The view from Baghdad 2005 – 2006; the military perspective from London 2006 – 2007

General Sir Nicholas Houghton
Vice Admiral Charles Style

Topic: Policy Decisions 2007 – 2009

Simon McDonald
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Wednesday 6 January

Topic: Policy Decisions 2007 – 2009

General Sir Peter Wall
Jon Day
Mark Lowcock

Topic: Baghdad 2007 – 2009

Christopher Prentice
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Thursday 7 January

Topic: Basra: Operation Charge of the Knights

Major General Barney White-Spunner

Topic: Basra: Developments after the Charge of the Knights

Nigel Haywood
Keith Mackiggan
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Friday 8 January

Topic: Negotiating the UK military exit

Peter Watkins

Topic: UK’s policy towards Iraq in 2009

John Jenkins
Frank Baker

Second Phase hearings


The second phase of the Inquiry’s public hearings began during the week commencing 11 January 2010 although the first witnesses that week were part of its attempts to establish a narrative. During the second phase, witnesses were listed according to the roles on which they were questioned, rather than according to topic.
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Monday 11 January 2010

Lieutenant General Sir Richard Shirreff, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South East, July 2006 – Jan 2007

Major General Jonathan Shaw, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South East, Jan – Aug 2007
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Tuesday 12 January

Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications and Strategy to the Prime Minister, 2001 – 2003
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Wednesday 13 January

Nemat Shafik, Permanent Secretary, DFID, 2008 – 2009

Lord Turnbull, Cabinet Secretary, 2002 – 2005
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Thursday 15 January

Major General Graham Binns, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South East, Aug 2007 – Feb 2008
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Monday 18 January

Jonathan Powell, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, 2001 – 2007
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Tuesday 19 January

Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State for Defence, 2001 – 2005
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Wednesday 20 January

Mark Lyall-Grant, Director General Political, FCO, 2007 – 2009

Sir David Omand, Permanent Secretary, Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator, 2002 – 2005
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Thursday 21 January

Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 – 2006
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Friday 22 January

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary, DFID, 2002 – 2007

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary, HMT, 2006 – 2009
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Monday 25 January

Rt Hon Des Browne MP, Secretary of State for Defence, May 2006 – Oct 2008

Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Oct 2008 – June 2009
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Tuesday 26 January

Sir Michael Wood, Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 – 2006

David Brummell, Legal Secretary to the Law Officers, 2001 – 2004

Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Deputy Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 – 2003

Margaret Beckett MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, May 2006 – June 2007
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Wednesday 27 January

Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith QC, Attorney General, June 2001 – June 2007
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Friday 29 January

Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 2001 – June 2007
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Monday 1 February

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment) 2002 – August 2003; Chief of the Air Staff, August 2003 – April 2006; Chief of the Defence Staff, August 2006 – 2009

Sir Bill Jeffrey, Permanent Secretary, MOD, 2005 – 2009

General the Lord Walker of Aldringham, Chief of the General Staff, 2001 – Feb 2003; Chief of the Defence Staff, May 2003 – April 2006
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Tuesday 2 February

Clare Short MP, International Development Secretary, 2001 – 2003

Hilary Benn MP, International Development Secretary, 2003 – 2007

Sir Peter Ricketts, Permanent Secretary, FCO, 2006 – 2009
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Wednesday 3 February

Sir Kevin Tebbit, Permanent Secretary, MOD, 2001 – 2005

Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, Secretary of State for Defence, 2005 – 2006

Rt Hon Ann Clywd MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Iraq, 2003 – 2009
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Monday 8 February

General Sir John McColl, Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, 2004 – 2005

Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 – 2006
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Friday 5 March

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, also chancellor 1997-2007

Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development
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Monday 8 March

David Miliband, Foreign Secretary

Sir Bill Jeffrey, Permanent Secretary MOD 2005 – 2009

Post-election Hearings

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Tuesday 29 June 2010

Chairman’s opening remarks

Published version

Douglas Brand OBE, Chief Police Adviser to the Ministry of Interior, Baghdad, 2003 to 2004

Transcript

Sir John Holmes GCVO KBE CMG, HM Ambassador to Paris, 2001 to 2007

Transcript
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Wednesday 30 June

Rt Hon The Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG, Permanent Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2002 to 2006

Transcript

Iain MacLeod, Legal Counsellor to the UK Mission to the UN, 2001 to 2004

Transcript

Cathy Adams, Legal Counsellor, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, 2002 to 2005

Transcript
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Friday 2 July

Bruce Mann CB, Director General Financial Management, Ministry of Defence, 2001 to 2004

Tom McKane, Director General Resource & Plans, Ministry of Defence, 2002 to 2006

Trevor Woolley CB, Director General Resource & Plans, Ministry of Defence, 1998 to 2002 and
Financial Director, Ministry of Defence, 2003 to 2009

Transcript
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Monday 5 July

Sally Keeble, Minister of State, Department for International Development, 2002 to 2003

Transcript

Tuesday 6 July

Andy Bearpark CBE, Director Operations and Infrastructure in the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003 to 2004

Transcript

Martin Howard CB, Director General Operational Policy, MOD, 2004 to 2007

Transcript

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, 2007 to 2009; Secretary of State for Defence, 2009

Transcript

Wednesday 7 July

Sir Richard Dalton, KCMG HM Ambassador to Iran, 2003 to 2006

Sir Geoffrey Adams KCMG, HM Ambassador to Iran, 2006 to 2009

Transcript

Friday 9 July

Sir Jonathan Cunliffe CB, Managing Director, Financial Regulation & Industry, 2002; Managing Director, Macroeconomic Policy and International Finance, HM Treasury, 2003 to 2007

Mark Etherington, Head of Provincial Reconstruction Team, Basra 2006 to 2007

Monday 12 July

Carne Ross, First Secretary, United Kingdom Mission to New York, 1998 to 2002

Transcript and Statement

Lt Gen Sir James Dutton KCB CBE, General Officer Commanding Multi National Division (South East), 2005; Deputy Chief of Joint Operations (Operations), 2007 to 2009

Transcript
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Wednesday 14 July

General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue KCB CBE, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Health), 2002 to 2004; Chief of Defence Logistics, 2005 to 2007; Chief of Defence Material, 2007 to 2009

Transcript

John Dodds, Team Leader – Defence, Diplomacy and Intelligence, HM Treasury, 2003 to 2005

Transcript

Rt Hon The Lord Boateng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 2002 to 2005

Transcript
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Friday 16 July

Michael Wareing CMG, Prime Minister’s Envoy for Reconstruction in Southern Iraq and Chairman of the Basra Development Commission, 2007 to 2009

Transcript

Rt Hon Adam Ingram, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, 2001 to 2007

Transcript
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Monday 19 July

Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel), 2007 to present

Lt Gen Mark Mans CBE, Deputy Adjutant General, 2005 to 2008

Air Marshal David Pocock CB CVO, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel), 2005 to 2007

Transcript
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Tueday 20 July

Baroness Manningham-Buller DCB, Deputy Director General, Security Service until 2002; Director General, Security Service, 2002 to 2007

Transcript

Maj Gen Andy Salmon CMG OBE, General Officer Commanding Multi National Division (South East), 2008 to 2009

Transcript

Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite CB MBE QHS, Surgeon General, 2006 to 2009

Transcript

Wednesday 21 July

Stephen White OBE, Director of Law and Order and Senior Police Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003 to 2004

Transcript

Colin Smith QPM, Senior Police Adviser, Basra, 2005 to 2006

Transcript

Lt Gen Anthony Palmer CB CBE, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel), 2002 to 2005

Lt Gen Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE, Adjutant General, 2003 to 2005

Transcript

Carolyn Miller, Director Europe, Middle East and Americas, Department for International Development, 2001 to 2004

Transcript

Friday 23 July

Paul Kernaghan CBE QPM, International Policing portfolio lead, Association of Chief Police Officers for England, Wales & Northern Ireland, 2001 to 2008
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Monday 26 July

Sir Ronnie Flanagan GBE QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, 2005 to 2008

Sir Peter Spencer KCB, Chief of Defence Procurement, 2003 to 2007
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Tuesday 27 July

Lt Gen Sir Robert Fulton KBE, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), 2003 to 2006

Lt Gen Andrew Figgures CBE, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability), 2006 to 2009

Dr Hans Blix, 1st Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, 2000 to 2003

Wednesday 28 July

General Sir Richard Dannatt GCB CBE MC, Assistant Chief of the General Staff, 2001 to 2002; Commander in Chief Land Command, 2005 to 2006; Chief of the General Staff, 2006 to 2009

General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO DL, Commander in Chief Land Command, 2000 to 2003; Chief of the General Staff, 2003 to 2006

Friday 30 July

Rt Hon The Lord Prescott, First Secretary of State and Deputy Prime Minister, to 2007

Secret hearings


During the period after the general election campaign, the Inquiry held a number of hearings behind closed doors. Some of these did not take place in public because they included junior officials. However the Inquiry has now published the transcripts of these hearings.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

The view from Baghdad and Basra 2004 to 2006

Lindy Cameron, Head of DFID Baghdad, 2004 to 2005

Simon Collis, Consul General Basra, 2004 to 2005

Tim Foy, Head of DFID Baghdad, 2005 to 2006; Head of PRT Basra and reviewer of PRT 2006

James Tansley, Consul General Basra, 2005 to 2006

Transcript

Thursday 24 June

The view from Baghdad and Basra 2007 to 2009

Jonny Baxter, Head of DFID Baghdad, 2007 to 2008

Richard Jones, Consul General Basra, 2007 to 2008

Kathleen Reid, Head of DFID Basra, 2007 to 2008

Rob Tinline, Head of PRT Basra, 2007 to 2008

John Tucknott, Deputy Head of Mission Baghdad, 2007 to 2009

Transcript

September 2010

In October 2010, the Inquiry announced that it had seen two further witnesses in “private” the previous month. It did not give further details or publish transcripts.

Matthew Rycroft, Foreign Affairs Private Secretary to Tony Blair 2002-2004

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Permanent Representative to the European Union 2000-2003; Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat 2003-2007; HM Ambassador to Washington DC covering the period 2007 to 2009.

2011 hearings

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Tuesday 18 January 2011

Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy GCB CBE DSO, United Kingdom’s Air Component Commander for Operation Telic One, 2003; Chief of Joint Operations, 2004 to 2006; Chief of the Air Staff, 2006 to 2009

Wednesday 19 January

Tom McKane, Deputy Head of Defence & Overseas Secretariat, Cabinet Office, 1999 to 2002

Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO, Prime Minister’s Adviser on European Issues and Head of the Cabinet Office’s European Secretariat, 2000 to 2004

Friday 21 January

Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 1997 to 2007

Tuesday 25 January

Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 1998 to 2002

Lord Turnbull of Enfield GCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2002 to 2005

Wednesday 25 January

Sir David Richmond KBE CMG, Deputy United Kingdom Special Representative to Iraq, 2003 to 2004; United Kingdom Special Representative to Iraq, 2004; and Director General Defence and Intelligence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2004 to 2007

Thursday 27 January

Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL, Chief of the Defence Staff, 2001 to 2003

Friday 28 January

Sir Gus O’Donnell KCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2005 to date

Monday 31 January

Stephen Pattison, Head of United Nations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 to 2003 and Director of International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2004 to 2007

John Buck, Director for Iraq, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2003 to 2004

Wednesday 2 February

Rt Hon. Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 to 2006



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