Witnesses


This page records the names and previous and/or then-current positions of witnesses who appeared before the Iraq Inquiry between November 2009 and February 2011. Those who gave evidence have been listed here by hearing week, with the most recent first. Some witnesses were seen in secret. Where dates have been provided and transcripts published, these sessions are listed with the public hearings. Other secret sessions and details of trips abroad are similarly recorded below.

This lower section of this page includes a list of the names of potential witnesses who the Digest’s contributors and readers believe should have appeared before the Inquiry, but who were not called to give testimony.

Where a name links to a new page, that page will contain some suggested questions which our writers and contributors believe that particular person should have been asked.

For transcripts of public sessions please see the this page on the Inquiry website. Some of the transcripts of secret sessions have been published here.

12 May 2011 – further transcripts and statements published


Witness statements:

Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Foreign Secretary 2001-2006

Rt Hon Denis MacShane MP, Minister for Europe 2002-2005

Sir Hilary Synnott KCMG, Head of Coalition Provisional Authority South 2003-2004

Major General Michael Laurie CBE, Director General Intelligence Collection 2002-2003

Major General Tim Tyler CB, Deputy Commander Iraq Survey Group 2004

Transcripts of a further four private hearings:

William Ehrman KCMG and Tim Dowse CMG, Chief of Assessments Staff, 2003 to 2009; and Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, 2004 to 2005

Major General Michael Laurie CBE, Director General Intelligence Collection, 2002 to 2003

Emma Sky, Governorate Coordinator for Kirkuk, and then Governance Advisor to CPA North from 2003-4, advisor to the US military, both General Odierno and General Petraeus, between 2007 and 10

Major General Tim Tyler CB, Deputy Commander Iraq Survey Group, 2004

2011 witness sessions

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(Week 21)
Wednesday 2 February 2011

Rt Hon Jack Straw MP – Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 to 2006 – 09:30 to 12:30
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Monday 31 January 2011

Stephen Pattison – Head of United Nations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 to 2003 – 10:00 to 13:00; and as Head of United Nations Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2001 to 2003 and Director of International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2004 to 2007 – 14:00 to 17:00

John Buck – Director for Iraq, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2003 to 2004 – also 14:00 to 17:00
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(Week 20)
Friday 28 January 2011

Sir Gus O’Donnell KCB – Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2005 to date – 10:00 to 13:00
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Thursday 27 January 2011

Admiral The Lord Boyce GCB OBE DL – Chief of the Defence Staff, 2001 to 2003 – 14:00 to 17:00
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Wednesday 26 January 2011

Sir David Richmond KBE CMG – Deputy United Kingdom Special Representative to Iraq, 2003 to 2004; United Kingdom Special Representative to Iraq, 2004; Director General Defence and Intelligence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2004 to 2007 – 14:00 to 17:00
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Tuesday 25 January 2011

Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB – Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 1998 to 2002 – 10:00 to 12:00

Lord Turnbull of Enfield GCB – Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, 2002 to 2005 – 14:00 to 16:00
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(Week 19)
Friday 21 January 2011

Rt Hon Tony Blair - Prime Minister, 1997 to 2007 – 09:30 to c.14:00
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Wednesday 19 January 2011

Tom McKane – Deputy Head of Defence & Overseas Secretariat, Cabinet Office, 1999 to 2002 – 10:00 to 13:00

Sir Stephen Wall GCMG LVO – Prime Minister’s Adviser on European Issues and Head of the Cabinet Office’s European Secretariat, 2000 to 2004 – 14:00 to 16:00
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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 – 15:00 to 18:00

Witnesses asked to provide written evidence for the 2011 sessions


The Inquiry announced on 8 December 2010 that it had “requested written evidence from the following individuals”:

Lord Bach of Lutterworth, Minister for Defence Procurement, June 2001 – May 2005

Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall GBE KCB, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, 2001 – 2005

Rt Hon The Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, 2005 – 2007

Rt Hon The Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General, 2001 – 2007

Dr Brian Jones, Head of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Technical Intelligence Branch, Defence Intelligence Staff 1987-2003

Major General Albert Whitley, Senior British Land Adviser to Coalition Forces and Land Component Commander, 2002 – 2003

John Williams, Head of News Department, FCO, 2002 – 2003

Lord Williams of Baglan, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2002-2003

January 2011 – some secret hearing transcripts released


On 17 January 2011 the Iraq Inquiry published the transcripts of five private hearings. These were attended by:

Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, HM Ambassador to United Nation 1998- July 2003 and UK Special Representative for Iraq 2003 to 2004

Ian Lee, Director General Operational Policy, Ministry of Defence, 2002 to 2004

Sir David Manning, GCMG CVO Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister 2001 to 2003 and HM Ambassador to Washington 2003 to 2007

Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB, CMG Permanent Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, 1998-2005

Simon Webb CBE, Policy Director, Ministry of Defence, 2001 to 2004

Late 2010 secret sessions


In October 2010, the Inquiry announced that it had seen two further witnesses in “private” the previous month.

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.

Further to the above, at the commencement of the January 2011 hearings, the Inquiry Chairman stated:

In the last few weeks, the Committee has taken further evidence in private from Sir David Pepper (former Head of GCHQ), Sir Tony Brenton who served in the British Embassy in Washington between 2001 and 2004 and Emma Sky who has worked extensively for the British and American governments in Iraq.


Iraq and Jordon witnesses


In October 2010 the Inquiry gave the names of some of the people it had spoken to on a trip to Iraq between 26 September and 1 October and a subsequent trip to Jordan. These individuals were described as witnesses but no transcripts of the meetings have been published.

US witnesses


In June 2010 the Inquiry revealed that it had held “private” meetings in London with General Petraeus and Walter Slocombe during their recent visits to the UK. Petraeus was Commander of 101st Airbourne Division (Air Assault) 2003-4; commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) 2004-5 and overall commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq 2007-8. Slocombe was Senior Adviser and Director for Security Affairs (National Security and Defense) to the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2003.

In May 2010 the Inquiry gave the names of some of the people it had spoken to on a trip to the US from 17 to 21 May. These included, Kim Beazley, who was at that time Ambassador of Australia to the USA, and Paul Bremer, Administrator of Iraq, 2003-04, who provided a statement, which the Inquiry published. These individuals were not described as witnesses and no transcripts of the meetings have been published.


French witnesses


Also in May 2010 the Inquiry announced that it had spoken to a number of French citizens, although it did not describe them as witnesses. No transcripts of these sessions were published.


Post-May 2010 General Election session witnesses


(Week 18)
Friday 30 July 2010

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

(Week 17)
Friday 23 July 2010

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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Wednesday 21 July

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

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

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

Carolyn Miller, Director Europe, Middle East and Americas, Department for International Development, 2001 to 2004
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Tuesday 20 July

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

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

Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite CB MBE QHS, Surgeon General, 2006 to 2009
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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
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(Week 16)
Friday 16 July 2010

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

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

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

Rt Hon The Lord Boateng, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, 2002 to 2005
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Monday 12 July

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

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
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(Week 15)
Friday 9 July 2010

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
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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
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Tuesday 6 July

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

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

Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, 2007 to 2009; Secretary of State for Defence, 2009
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Monday 5 July

Sally Keeble, Minister of State, Department for International Development, 2002 to 2003
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(Week 14)
Friday 2 July 2010

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
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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

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

Cathy Adams, Legal Counsellor, Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, 2002 to 2005
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Tuesday 29 June

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

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


Post-election secret sessions


In July 2010, the Inquiry announced that it had seen 35 witnesses in “private” sessions. In some cases (detailed further below) it gave dates and published transcripts. In the case of the witnesses listed directly below, no further information was given. Some of the witnesses below have also given evidence in public sessions

The Hon Dominic Asquith CMG, Director Iraq, 2004 to 2006 and HM Ambassador to Iraq, 2006 to 2007

Major General Graham Binns CBE DSO MC, General Office Commanding Multi National Division (South East), 2007 to 2008

Major General Adrian Bradshaw CB OBE, Commander 7th Brigade 2003

Edward Chaplin CMG OBE, HM Ambassador to Iraq, 2004 to 2005

Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG OBE, Chief SIS, 2001 to 2004

Tim Dowse CMG, Chief of Assessments Staff, 2003 to 2009

Sir William Ehrman KCMG, Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, 2004 to 2005

Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, HM Ambassador to the United Nations, 1998 to July 2003 and UK Special Representative for Iraq, 2003 to 2004

Martin Howard CB, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, 2003 to 2004 and Director General Operational Policy, 2004 to 2007

Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb KBE CBE DSO, General Officer Commanding Multi National Division (South East), 2003 to 2003 and Senior British Military Representative – Iraq, 2006 to 2007

Major General Michael Laurie CBE, Director General Intelligence Collection, 2002 to 2003

Ian Lee, Director General Operational Policy, Ministry of Defence, 2002 to 2004

Sir David Manning GCMG CVO, Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister, 2001 to 2003 and HM Ambassador to Washington 2003 to 2007

Julian Miller CB, Chief of Assessments Staff, 2001 to 2003

Christopher Prentice CMG, HM Ambassador to Iraq, 2007 to 2009

Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee, 2003 to 2004 and Chief of SIS, 2004 to 2009

Major Gen Jonathan Shaw CBE, General Officer Commanding Multi National Division (South East) 2007

Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG, Permanent Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, 1998 – 2005

Major General Tim Tyler CB, Deputy Commander Iraq Survey Group, 2004

Simon Webb CBE, Policy Director, Ministry of Defence, 2001 to 2004

Ian Lee provided a statement to the Inquiry, this has been published.

The Committee heard from a further six members of SIS/MI6.
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(Week 13)
Thursday 24 June 2010 (secret sessions)

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
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Tuesday 22 June (secret sessions)

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


Pre-May 2010 General Election sessions

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(Week 12)
Monday 8 March 2010

Rt Hon David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, 2007 – 2009

Sir Bill Jeffrey, Permanent Secretary MOD, 2005 – 2009 (was due to appear on 1 February but was unwell)
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(Week 11)
Friday 5 March 2010

Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Prime Minister, 2007 – 2009, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2001 – 2007

Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, 2007 – 2009
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(Week 10)
Monday 8 February 2010

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

Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 – 2006
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(Week 9)
Wednesday 3 February 2010

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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Tuesday 2 February

Rt Hon Clare Short MP, International Development Secretary, 2001 – 2003

RT Hon Hilary Benn MP, International Development Secretary, 2003 – 2007

Sir Peter Ricketts, Permanent Secretary, FCO, 2006 – 2009
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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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(Week 8)
Friday 29 January 2010

Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister, 2001 – June 2007
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Wednesday 27 January

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

Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, May 2006 – June 2007
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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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(Week 7)
Friday 22 January 2010

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

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary, HMT, 2006 – 2009
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Thursday 21 January

Rt Hon Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001 – 2006
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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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Tuesday 19 January

Rt Hon Geoff Hoon, Secretary of State for Defence, 2001 – 2005
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Monday 18 January

Jonathan Powell, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, 2001 – 2007
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(Week 6)
Thursday 15 January 2010

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

General Sir John Reith (private session), Chief Joint Operations, Aug 2001-Jul 2004
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Wednesday 13 January

Nemat Shafik, Permanent Secretary, DFID, 2008 – 2009

Lord Turnbull, Cabinet Secretary, 2002 – 2005
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Tuesday 12 January

Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications and Strategy to the Prime Minister, 2001 – 2003
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Monday 11 January

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

(Note: From this point forwards the Inquiry listed witnesses by ‘relevant role’, rather than by subject area, as had been done previously.)
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(Week 5)
Friday 8 January 2010

Topic: Negotiating the UK military exit

Peter Watkins, Director Operational Policy, MOD, 2008 – 2009

Topic: UK’s policy towards Iraq in 2009

John Jenkins, Director Middle East and North Africa, FCO, 2006 – 2009

Frank Baker, Deputy Director Middle East, FCO, 2006 – 2009
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Thursday 7 January

Topic: Basra: Operation Charge of the Knights

Major General Barney White-Spunner, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South East, Feb – Aug 2008

Topic: Basra: Developments after the Charge of the Knights

Nigel Haywood, Consul General Basra, 2008 – 2009

Keith Mackiggan, Head of Provisional Reconstruction Team (DfID Secondee), Sep 2008 – Apr 2009
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Wednesday 6 January

Topic: Policy Decisions 2007 – 2009

General Sir Peter Wall, General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Division, May – July 2003 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments), 2007 – 2009

Jon Day, Director General Operational Policy, MOD, 2007 – 2008
Policy Director, MOD, 2008 – 2009

Topic: Policy Decisions 2007 – 2009

Mark Lowcock, Director General Programmes, DfID, 2008 – 2009

Topic: Baghdad 2007 – 2009

Christopher Prentice, HM Ambassador to Iraq, 2007 – 2009
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Tuesday 5 January

Topic: Baghdad 2005 – 2006

Sir William Patey, HM Ambassador to Iraq, 2005 – 2006

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

General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, Oct 2005 – Mar 2006, and Chief of Joint Operations, Mar 2006 – Mar 2009

Vice Admiral Charles Style, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments), 2006 – 2007

Topic: Policy Decisions 2007 – 2009

Simon McDonald, Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign & Defence Policy Secretariat, 2006 – 2009

(Christmas and New Year hearing break.)
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(Week 4)
Thursday 17 December 2009

Topic: Promoting Iraq’s recovery and growth after the initial invasion
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Jim Drummond, Director Iraq, DfID, Aug 2003 – Jan 2005

Martin Dinham, Director Europe, Middle-East and Americas, DfID, Jan 2005 – Spring 2007

Stephen Pickford, Director International Directorate, HM Treasury, 2004 – 2005, and Director International and Finance Directorate, HM Treasury, 2005 – 2006
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Wednesday 16 December

Topic: The view from London and Baghdad

Lt Gen Sir Robert Fry, Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Commitments), MOD, 2003-2006, and Senior Military Representative in Iraq, Mar – Sept 2006

Topic: The view from Whitehall

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser, 2003 – 2007

Sir John Sawers, UK Special Envoy for Iraq, May – July 2003 and Political Director, FCO, 2003 – 2007

Desmond Bowen, Policy Director, MOD, 2004 – 2008
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Tuesday 15 December

Topic: Baghdad at the time of the Coalition Provisional Authority

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UK Special Envoy for Iraq, Sept 2003 – March 2004

Topic: Views from Basra 2004 – 2006

Lt Gen William Rollo, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South-East, Jul – Nov 04 and Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, July 2007 – March 2008

Lt Gen John Cooper, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South-East, Dec 05 – Jul 06 and Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, March 2008 – March 2009
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Monday 14 December

Topic: Views from Baghdad 2004 – 2005
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Lt Gen Sir John Kiszely, Senior British Military Representative in Iraq, Oct 2004 – Apr 2005

Lt Gen Robin Brims, General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Armoured Division, UK Land Component Commander Operation Telic, Nov 2002 – May 2003

Topic: The view from Basra 2004 – 2005

Lt Gen Jonathon Riley, General Officer Commanding Multi-National Division South-East, Nov 2004 – Aug 2005

Topic: Basra and the South after the invasion

Gen Sir Peter Wall, General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Division, May – July 2003 and Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments), 2007 – 2009
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(Week 3)
Thursday 10 December 2009

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
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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

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

Topic: Baghdad 2006 – 2007

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
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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

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

Topic: Intelligence

Sir John Scarlett, Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee, 2001-2004

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
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Monday 7 December

Topic: Baghdad 2004 – 2005

Edward Chaplin, HM Ambassador to Jordan, 2000-2002

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

Maj Gen Timothy Cross, Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003

Desmond Bowen, Deputy Head, Defence and Overseas Secretariat, from September 2002
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(Week 2)
Thursday 4 December 2009

Topic: Military Planning

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

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

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
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Wednesday 3 December

Topic: Military Planning

Kevin Tebbit, Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Defence), 1998-2005

Michael Boyce, Chief of the Defence Staff, 2001-2003
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Tuesday 1 December

Topic: UK policy towards Iraq 2001 – 2003

Edward Chaplin, HM Ambassador to Jordan, 2000-2002

Sir Peter Ricketts (again), Director General Political (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), 2001-2003
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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
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(Week 1)
Friday 27 November 2009

Topic: Developments in the United Nations

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, British Ambassador to the United Nations, 1998-2003
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Thursday 26 November

Topic: The Transatlantic Relationship

Sir Christopher Meyer, British Ambassador to the United States, 1997–2003
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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
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Tuesday 24 November

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


Other named witnesses

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The Inquiry earlier announced the name of one further witness, who did not give evidence at the live hearings. A written statement was presented instead.

Dr Nicola Brewer CMG, Director General Regional Programmes, Department of International Development, 2002 to 2004
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Digest suggested witnesses

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No 10 Downing Street:

Baroness Sally Morgan (Director of Government Relations 2001-2005)

Daniel Pruce (Press Officer 2002/3)
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tony Rowlands (Head Information Operations, Iraq Directorate, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office 2002/3)

John Williams (Press Secretary 2002/3) (now providing written evidence)

Paul Hamill (Press Officer 2002/3)

James Paver (Press Officer 2002/3)

Mark Matthews (Press Officer 2002/3)
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Ministry of Defence

Air Marshall Sir Joe French (Chief of Defence Intelligence 2000-2003)

Tony Cragg (Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence 2002-2003)

Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) analysts responsible for assessments on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction

Officials who represented the Defence Intelligence Staff on Iraq dossier drafting committee in September 2002

DIS official responsible for drafting Howard’s advice to Defence Secretary Hoon on his evidence to Intelligence and Security Committee, and who assisted Howard in preparing DIS evidence for Hutton and Butler inquiries.

DIS officials who worked in the DIS Rockingham cell in 2002 – 2004

DIS officials who visited or supported the Iraq Survey Group

Colonel Richard Smith, Dir. Targeting and Info. Ops. 15 Psychological Operations Group, Chicksands
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Cabinet and other ministers

All Cabinet members 2002-3, but particularly:

Lord Charles Falconer (Constitutional Affairs Secretary 2003-2007)

Harriet Harman (Solicitor General 2001-2005)
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Cabinet Office

Sir Richard Wilson (Cabinet Secretary 1998-2002) (now called for the 2011 hearings)

(Unnamed) Deputy Chief of Assessment Staff in charge of group covering WMD and Proliferation in 2002-3

Joint Intelligence Committee assessments staff responsible for assessments on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction

(If not otherwise listed) The drafter(s) of the March 2002 “Iraq Options” paper

All (other) members of the Joint Intelligence Committee 2002-3

Baroness Ann Taylor (Chair, Intelligence and Security Committee, 2001-2005. Also Butler Review)

Michael Mates MP (Intelligence and Security Committee, Butler Review)
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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)

Nigel Inkster (Former Assistant Chief) (possibly called in secret)

Michael Shipster (Former SIS officer) (possibly called in secret)

SIS representatives on the Iraq Dossier drafting committee September 2002
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UNSCOM, UNMOVIC, ISG and IAEA:

Mohamed ElBaradei (IAEA Director General 1997-2009)

Charles Duelfer (UNSCOM Deputy Executive Chairman 1993-2000 and ISG Head 2004/5)

Scott Ritter (US UNSCOM weapons inspector in Iraq 1991-1998)

Hamish Killip (UK biological weapons inspector 1991 onwards)

Rod Godfrey (UK chemical weapons expert, “Mr A” at Hutton Inquiry)

Rod Barton (Australian weapons inspector 1991 onwards)
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UNMOVIC College of Commissioners:

Paul Schulte, United Kingdom (Director, Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD, 2000-2002)

Bryan Wells, United Kingdom (Director, Counter Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD, 2002-2003)
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Legal Experts:

Keir Starmer (Director of Public Prosecutions 2008- )

Philippe Sands (Professor of International law at University College, London)
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Other Digest reader suggested legal expert witnesses:

Bill Bowring (Law Professor, Birbeck College, London University)

Francis Anthony Boyle (Professor of International Law, University of Illinois College of Law)
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Key US Witnesses:

George W Bush (Former President)

Dick Cheney (Former Vice President)

Donald Rumsfeld (Former Secretary of Defense)

Colin Powell (Former Secretary of State)

Condoleezza Rice (Former National Security Advisor)

Richard Armitage (Former Deputy Secretary of State)
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Other Digest reader suggested US witnesses:

Paul Wolfowitz

Doug Feith

Richard Perle

General Franks

General Abiziad

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Key Iraqi Witnesses:

Tariq Aziz (Former Iraqi Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister)

Amir al-Saadi (Former Iraqi Presidential Advisor)
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Further witness suggestions from Digest readers:

Francis Richards (GCHQ)