1 March 2004
BUTLER REVIEW STATEMENT
The Committee regrets the decision
by the Leader of the Opposition to withdraw the support of the Conservative
Party from the Review.
When the full Committee met Mr Howard
on 17 February, the members made it very clear that they would follow
the analysis wherever it led, including uncovering any faults by
individuals. The Committee must start by looking at structures,
processes and systems before considering which, if any, individuals
should be held accountable. The Committee's procedures make clear
that this is allowed for, but the Committee will not start with
the primary purpose of pursuing individuals.
The Committee has been asked to make
recommendations for the future gathering, evaluation and use of
intelligence about weapons of mass destruction. These are tasks
of real importance and the Committee is determined to see them through.
The other members of the Committee
have expressed their hope to Michael Mates that he will continue
to serve on the Committee, as invited to do by the Prime Minister.
He has said that he will do so.
Issued by the Cabinet Office on behalf of the Butler Review Committee.
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