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 28 May 2014 Sir John Chilcot wrote to Sir Jeremy Heywood to record his pleasure that agreement had been reached on the principles that will underpin disclosure of material from Cabinet-level discussions and communications between the UK Prime Minister and the President of the United States.
Agreement had already been reached on the details of what the Inquiry will publish in relation to more than 200 Cabinet and Cabinet Committee meetings. Detailed consideration of material requested by the Inquiry from communications between the Prime Minister and the President of the United States has now begun. It is not yet clear how long that will take.
Once agreement has been reached, the next phase of the Maxwellisation process can begin. That process must be completed before the Inquiry's report can be finalised and sent to the Prime Minister
The Inquiry intends to submit its report to the Prime Minister as soon as possible.
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.