Questions for the Inquiry

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.

Sir John Chilcot 30th July 2009

The Inquiry’s terms of reference are vague and it has scope to address what ever issues it thinks are relevant. In July 2012, in a letter to prime minister David Cameron, Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot set out the intended scope of the Inquiry report. This makes clear that the bulk of the report (said to be over one million words) will cover the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq, rather than the decisions and events that led to the invasion.

This page lists what the Digest assesses to be the issues that Inquiry should address.

Overall Questions

The overall questions for the Inquiry are set out here. They are intended to be as broad and as open-minded as possible but they do concentrate on the run-up to the invasion rather than the occupation. Each question links to a new page, setting out what the issues are and a series of further questions.


1) When and how the did UK government decide to join the US-led invasion of Iraq ?
2) Why did the UK decide to take part in the US-led invasion of Iraq?
3) What caused the government to make claims about Iraq’s wmd that turned out to have been untrue?
4) Did the government abuse UN processes to provide cover for the invasion?
5) Was the legality of the invasion correctly addressed?
6) Did the government properly consider the likely impact of its involvement on the terrorist threat to the country?
7) Were the invasion, occupation and reconstruction of Iraq mishandled?
8) Did the UK government mislead subsequent inquiries or did those inquiries fail to convey the truth?

Questions for individual witnesses

The Inquiry’s witnesses are listed here. Where a name constitutes a link, this links to a profile page for the witness, with links to suggested questions for those individuals, i.e. questions that were identified as relevant before the hearing.