BUTLER REVIEW INVITES EVIDENCE
The Committee under Lord Butler established by the Prime
Minister to conduct a Review of Intelligence on Weapons
of Mass Destruction met on 11 February to consider its programme
of work. It does not intend to issue any statements about
the progress of that work until publication of its final
The Committee will in due course be taking oral evidence
from a number of witnesses at its own invitation. But it
also invites anyone who has information that might assist
it in considering its remit to submit evidence by 31 March
- By post, to the Secretary, The Review of Intelligence
on Weapons of Mass Destruction, 70 Whitehall, London SW1A
- By e-mail, to email@example.com.
The Committee will make its Procedures known shortly. In
doing so, the Committee’s aim will be to ensure that
persons appearing before it, or who have an interest in
the outcome of the Review, are treated fairly in giving
their evidence and in the manner in which their evidence
is taken into account when the Committee reports. The Committee
intends to report before the Parliamentary Summer Recess.
The Committee will focus initially on assimilating a large
body of written material. It is likely to begin taking oral
evidence around the beginning of April. In the interests
of not conveying a limited, partial or distorted public
impression of the evidence, much of which must necessarily
remain secret, the Committee has decided that the Review
will be carried out in private.
Those appearing in person before the Committee will be
questioned by the Committee, not by legal Counsel. The Committee
will focus principally on structures, systems and processes
rather than on the actions of individuals. The Committee
will be willing to consider requests for the protection
of the identity of individual witnesses.
The Review was announced by the Foreign Secretary in the
House of Commons on 3 February. It has the following Terms
- To investigate the intelligence coverage available on
WMD programmes of countries of concern and on the global
trade in WMD, taking into account what is now known about
- As part of this work, to investigate the accuracy of
intelligence on Iraqi WMD up to March 2003, and to examine
any discrepancies between the intelligence gathered, evaluated
and used by the Government before the conflict, and between
that intelligence and what has been discovered by the
Iraq Survey Group since the end of the conflict.
- To make recommendations to the Prime Minister for the
future on the gathering, evaluation and use of intelligence
on WMD, in the light of the difficulties of operating
in countries of concern.
Its members are the Right Honourable the Lord Butler of
Brockwell KG GCB CVO (Chairman); the Right Honourable Sir
John Chilcot GCB; the Right Honourable Field Marshal the
Lord Inge KG GCB DL; the Right Honourable Michael Mates
MP; and the Right Honourable Ann Taylor MP.
Issued by the Cabinet Office on behalf of the Butler Review
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