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."
On 20 January 2015, Sir John Chilcot wrote to the Prime Minister to update him on the progress of the Inquiry. The letter reports very substantial progress. Sir John writes that the process of giving individuals an opportunity to respond to provisional criticism in the Inquiry's draft report - known as Maxwellisation - is taking place. The letter concluded that there is no realistic prospect of delivering the report of the Inquiry to the Prime Minister before the May General Election.
Sir John recorded his pleasure that agreement has been reached on the publication of 29 Notes from Mr Blair to President Bush alongside the Inquiry's final report, and of material from records of their conversations.
The Prime Minister replied to Sir John's letter on 20 January.
The previous update on the Inquiry's progress can be found in Sir John's letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, on 28 May 2014.
Unfortunately Sir Martin Gilbert was taken ill in March 2012. His continuing illness has meant that it has not so far been possible for him to return to the Inquiry.