To ask the Prime Minister
(1) what recent representations (a) he, (b) other Ministers and (c) officials of (i) 10 Downing Street and (ii) the Cabinet Office have made to the (A) Chairman and (B) secretariat of the Chilcot inquiry on delays in publication of its report due to responses from officials of the US administration; what response was received to these representations; and if he will make a statement;
(2) how many documents provided by the Government to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war have been declassified; how many such documents he estimates will be declassified within the next six months; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what discussions he has had with the (a) Chairman and (b) Secretary of the Chilcot inquiry on the publication of its report since March 2013; and if he will make a statement;
(4) when he expects the report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the war in Iraq to be published; what discussions Sir John Chilcot has had with those expected to be criticised in his report; if he will ensure that hon. Members are provided with a full paper copy of the report and all (a) oral and (b) written evidence that was presented to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war; and if he will make a statement;
(5) if he will seek the agreement of the US President to the publication of classified documents by the Chilcot inquiry; and if he will make a statement;
(6) if he will discuss with the administrators of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war a final date for publication; and if he will make a statement;
(7) what recent discussions he has had with the US President on the publication by the Chilcot inquiry of conversations between (a) Tony Blair and George W. Bush and (b) the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown) and George W. Bush in the period (i) leading up to the conflict in Iraq and (ii) after the invasion of Iraq; what response was received from the President; and if he will make a statement;
(8) if it remains his policy to publish the report of the Chilcot inquiry in full; and if he will make a statement.
The Iraq inquiry is independent of government, and should be allowed to complete its work without interference.
Neither I nor Ministers have had any discussions with or made any representations to the inquiry. Nor have I discussed the inquiry with President Obama.
The inquiry has sought the declassification of material for inclusion in its report from many thousands of documents, some of which have been or will be published. Government do not, as a rule, comment on any discussions between officials and the inquiry.
The Maxwellisation process is a matter for the inquiry.
The Government remain committed to ensuring that the inquiry’s final report will be able to disclose all but the most sensitive information which will be determined in accordance with the protocol governing the disclosure of documentary evidence which is available through the inquiry website.
Timing of the delivery of the report to me is a matter for the inquiry, but it is my hope that the inquiry can complete its work before the end of the year. Upon publication, copies of the report will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.