Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Iraq Inquiry - Sir John Chilcot seeking views of veterans

Sir John Chilcot has written to veterans' groups, seeking suggestions with regard to contact with veterans no longer serving in the Armed Forces.

The letter is here.

Representations to be sent to:


Note the deadline of 10 September - 2 days away. This concerns me, particularly with regard to the lack of publicity, although the attempt at outreach is most welcome. However, at this stage they appear to be taking suggestions as to how the inquiry can reach veterans, and it is suggested the inquiry may take written submissions in lieu of a meeting where this is impractical.

The letter states that the inquiry is working with the MoD with regard to the views of serving veterans. This may be subject to the Defence Notice (DIN) regarding communication with the media which could be used to suppress evidence. Parliament may wish to seek an answer from the MoD in this regard.