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Inquiry Costs

The Iraq Inquiry has published the final expenditure for the financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16. Expenditure estimated for April to October 2016 is also included below. The total expenditure since 2009 is therefore estimated to be £13,126,900.

All figures here are rounded to the nearest hundred

Iraq Inquiry costs breakdown for financial years 2009-10 to 2016

Description2009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Inquiry Secretariat staff costs £793,200 £1,193,400 £893,600 £866,200 £895,500 £892,400 £922,700 £501,500
Committee and Advisers’ remuneration £361,600 £484,800 £229,300 £169,600 £201,100 £119,300 £155,100  £55,200
Public hearings (includes room hire, audio-visual links, broadcasting & transcription) £598,100 £273,800 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0  £0
Private hearings £0 £17,700 £1,200 £0 £0 £0 £0  £0
Other events (in 2016 Report launch and associated costs) £23,500 £1,000 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 £59,000 
Travel £8,000 £137,800 * £500 £300 £200 £0 £200 £100
Office accommodation £280,500 £241,300 £241,300 £241,300 £241,300 £241,300 £241,300 £140,800
IT & telecommunications (reprographics & website management & development) £195,100 £76,400 £62,500 £70,900 £196,100 £94,300 £162,200 £76,200
Publications (includes books) £2,200 £900 £100 £100 £2,300 £9,500 £4,400 £1,200
Stationery (includes postage & general office supplies) £4,300 £2,100 £1,200 £400 £600 £900 £600 £400
Other costs (editorial support and printing of the Report 2014-16) £4,000 £1,200 £300 £0 £0 £800 £45,500 £385,500
Annual Total £2,270,500 £2,430,400 £1,429,700 £1,348,800 £1,537,100 £1,358,500 £1,532,000 £1,219,900

* 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. 

Transactions over £25,000

In line with the Government's requirement that public bodies publish details of transactions over £25,000, below is a list of transactions made by the Iraq Inquiry.

DateTransactionDetailsPayment
June 2010 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster Transaction related to venue hire for the Iraq Inquiry public hearings in June and July 2010. £71,775
August 2010 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster Transaction for provision of associated equipment and services for Iraq Inquiry public hearings in June and July 2010. £32,415
November 2010 Ministry of Defence Use of military air transport to travel into Basra and within Iraq. See also 2010-11 costs page. £56,600
January 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster Transaction related to venue hire for Iraq Inquiry public hearings in January and February 2011. £50,285
March 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster Transaction for provision of associated equipment and services for Iraq Inquiry public hearings in January and February 2011. £33,875
June 2011 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Secure accommodation, interpreters and other FCO administrative costs during visit to Iraq in 2010. See also 2010-11 costs page. £31,900
October 2013 Redweb Ltd Website services. £26,000 & £39,450
October 2015 Redweb Ltd  Website services.  £26,000
July 2016 Williams Lea Ltd Printing and associated services for Inquiry Report. £323,745
July 2016 Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster Venue hire and provision of associated equipment and services for Report launch on 6th July. £34,300