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21-01-2015

Update on Inquiry Progress - January 2015

The Iraq Inquiry has today published an update on its progress that Sir John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Inquiry, sent to the Prime Minister on 20 January.

The letter reports substantial progress and confirms that individuals subject to criticism in the Inquiry's draft report are being given the opportunity to respond - a process known as Maxwellisation".

Until the Inquiry has received and evaluated all responses, it is not possible to estimate the completion date of the report.  Sir John writes that he sees no realistic prospect of delivering the report before the May 2015 General Election.

The letter also records that agreement has been reached with Sir Jeremy Heywood on publication of 29 Notes from Mr Blair to President Bush (subject to a very small number of essential redactions) alongside the Inquiry's final report, and on the publication of material relating to conversations between them.

The Prime Minister replied to Sir John's letter on 20 January.