Iraq Inquiry costs for the financial year 2010 to 2011

The Iraq Inquiry has, published the final costs for the financial year 2010-2011. The total cost, incurred by the Inquiry from its establishment on 15 June 2009 up to 31 March 2011, was £4,700,900

A breakdown of the expenditure is below:

DescriptionCosts
Inquiry Secretariat staff costs £1,193,400
Committee and Advisers’ remuneration £484,800
Public hearings
(includes room hire, audio-visual links, broadcasting & transcription)
£273,800
Private hearings £17,700
Other events £1,000
Travel 1
(includes visits to the USA, France and Iraq)
£137,800
Office accommodation £241,300
IT & telecommunications
(includes reprographics & website management)
£76,400
Publications
(includes books and daily newspaper cuttings service)
£900
Stationery
(includes postage & general office supplies)
£2,100
Other costs £1,200
Total  £2,430,400

All figures here are rounded to the nearest hundred


  1. The figure of £137,800 for travel includes £56,600 for the use of military transport to travel into Basra and between Basra and Baghdad, in line with HMG practice and security advice, and £31,900 for secure accommodation, interpreters and other FCO administrative costs.
    In line with Treasury accounting rules (“Managing Public Money” paragraph 6.2.10), the MOD charged the Inquiry for the use of the military transport on a ‘full cost’ basis, including the time of those involved. The extra costs – of items such as fuel – arising from the Inquiry’s use of the military transport was £6,200 rather than the full £56,600.
    In line with its own established policy of charging visitors a proportion of the running costs of the British Embassy in Baghdad, the FCO charged the Inquiry for the use of secure accommodation, interpreters and other administrative costs. There was, however, no extra cost arising from the Inquiry’s use of these facilities.