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Foreign Affairs - Ninth Report

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 3 July 2003.


Terms of Reference

Conclusions and recommendations


The background

The history of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

How the intelligence system is intended to work

The September Dossier

The genesis of the September dossier

The process of compiling the dossier

Claims made in the dossier

Iraq's chemical and biological weapons capability

Iraq's long-range missile capability

Iraq's nuclear weapons programme

The uranium from Africa claim

The 45 minutes claim

Andrew Gilligan's allegation

Did the dossier exaggerate claims?

Was the language appropriate?

Did the September dossier present complete and accurate information?

The February dossier

The genesis of the February dossier

The process of compiling the dossier

The use made in the dossier of Mr Marashi's published work

"A glorious, spectacular own goal"

The machinery of Government

The Cabinet, Cabinet Committees and informal groups

The security and intelligence machinery

Relations between the agencies and the media

Role of the JIC

The machinery of Parliament

The roles of the Intelligence and Security Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee

Postscript: post-conflict Iraq

The search for weapons of mass destruction

The justification for war

Formal minutes


Tuesday 17 June 2003 am

Tuesday 17 June 2003 pm

Wednesday 18 June 2003 am

Wednesday 18 June 2003 pm

Thursday 19 June 2003 am

Thursday 19 June 2003 pm

Tuesday 24 June 2003 am

Tuesday 24 June 2003 pm

Wednesday 25 June 2003

Friday 27 June 2003 pm



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