Welcome to the website of the UK's Iraq Inquiry

At its launch Sir John Chilcot, Chairman of the Inquiry, explained:

"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."

When he announced in the House of Commons the setting-up of the Inquiry, Gordon Brown said, "Its scope is unprecedented."

The Inquiry Committee 

On 15 June 2015, Sir John Chilcot wrote to the Prime Minister to update him on the Inquiry's progress.  Sir John said that a large proportion of the responses expected from individuals as part of the Maxwellisation process have been received.  They are constructive and a number have opened new issues. It is now essential that the Inquiry receives the remainder to allow the process to be completed. Only then will there be a realistic timetable to submission of the Inquiry's final report to the Prime Minister.

Sir John reiterated the Inquiry's wish to deliver the report as soon as possible. 

The Prime Minister replied to Sir John's letter on 17 June, and Sir John acknowledged his response on the same day.

The previous update on the Inquiry's progress can be found in Sir John's letter to the Prime Minister of 20 January 2015.