Sir John Chilcot

Sir John Chilcot is the formal Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, which will no doubt come to be publicly known by his name, as was the case for the two previous Government-sanctioned investigations into matters relating to the March 2003 Invasion of Iraq, namely the Hutton Inquiry and the Butler Review. Sir John was previously a member of the Butler Review team.

The terms of reference for the Inquiry, as described by himself on 30th July 2009, are:

“Our terms of reference are very broad, but the essential points, as set out by the Prime Minister and agreed by the House of Commons, are that this is an Inquiry by a committee of Privy Counsellors. It will consider the period from the summer of 2001 to the end of July 2009, embracing the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and its aftermath. We will therefore be considering the UK’s involvement in Iraq, including the way decisions were made and actions taken, to establish, as accurately as possible, what happened and to identify the lessons that can be learned. Those lessons will help ensure that, if we face similar situations in future, the government of the day is best equipped to respond to those situations in the most effective manner in the best interests of the country.”

Biographies etc:

See the Inquiry’s biography and photograph

Butler Review biography

Wikipaedia entry

Other documents of note:

Letter from the Prime Minister To Sir John – 17 June 2009

Letter from Sir John to the Prime Minister – 21 June 2009

Letter from the Prime Minister to Sir John – 22 June 2009

Media statement by Sir John – 30 July 2009