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 26 August 2015, Sir John Chilcot issued a statement on behalf of the Iraq Inquiry. 

The last update to the Prime Minister can be found in Sir John's letter of 15 June 2015 to which the Prime Minister replied on 17 June.  Sir John acknowledged this response on the same day.