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Lord Hutton will deliver a statement in Court 76 at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday 28 January 2004, the date on which his report will be published. The statement will be delivered at 12.30pm after the report has been laid before Parliament but before its publication. This timing was arranged after discussions between Lord Hutton, the DCA and House authorities. The statement will be a substantial summary of Lord Hutton’s findings. Publication of the Report will take place at 1.30pm.

Lord Hutton’s statement will be followed by a statement by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, in the House of Lords.

Although this is primarily a media event, 10 seats will be made available in Court 76 for members of the public. The Court will open at 11.45am. An annex, in Court 75, will also be set up where there will be seating for 40 members of the public, who will be able to view the statement on screens. Seats will be available on a 'first come' 'first served' basis. Tickets for the public will be allocated by staff at the Royal Courts of Justice at 10.00am on Wednesday 28 January, at the Bell Yard entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice.

Background information

Lord Hutton began hearing the evidence of witnesses on the 11 August 2003. He adjourned on 4 September to consider which witnesses he wanted to recall for cross-examination, as well as any new witnesses he wanted to call.

Lord Hutton began the second phase of his Inquiry on 15 September, before adjourning on 25 September 2003 to write his Report. The evidence of one witness, Sir Kevin Tebbit, was heard on 13 October because he was unable to attend during the second phase of the Inquiry.


Full list of witnesses

The table below provides a full list of the witnesses who appeared before Lord Hutton during the course of his Inquiry.

Date

Witness

First phase of the Inquiry

Friday, 1 August 2003

- Lord Hutton's opening statement and application for the proceedings to be televised

Monday, 11 August 2003

- Terence Taylor, President and Executive Director for the International Institute of Strategic Studies (US)

- Richard Hatfield, Personnel Director MoD

- Martin Howard, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence MoD

- Patrick Lamb, Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation Department FCO

- Julian Miller, Chief of the Assessment Staff, Cabinet Office

Tuesday, 12 August 2003

- Andrew Gilligan, BBC Reporter

- Susan Watts, BBC Reporter

Wednesday, 13 August 2003

- Susan Watts, BBC Reporter

- Gavin Hewitt, BBC Reporter

- Richard Sambrook, Head of News, BBC

Thursday, 14 August 2003

- Dr Bryan Wells, Director of Counter Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD

- Patrick Lamb, Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation Department, FCO

- Martin Howard, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, MoD

- John Williams, Director of Communications, FCO

Monday, 18 August 2003

- Pam Teare, Director of News, MoD

- Jonathan Powell, Prime Minister's Chief of Staff

- Sir David Manning, former foreign policy adviser to the Prime Minister, and head of the overseas and defence secretariat in the Cabinet Office

Tuesday, 19 August 2003

- Alastair Campbell, Prime Minister's Director of Communications

Wednesday, 20 August 2003

- Sir Kevin Tebbit, Permanent Secretary, MoD

- Godric Smith, Prime Minister's Official Spokesman

- Tom Kelly, Prime Minister's Official Spokesman

Thursday, 21 August 2003

- Donald Anderson MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

- Nick Rufford - Sunday Times, journalist

- James Blitz - Financial Times, journalist

- Richard Norton-Taylor, Guardian, journalist

- Peter Beaumont, The Observer, journalist

- Tom Baldwin, The Times, journalist

- Michael Evans, The Times, journalist

- David Broucher, Diplomatic Service and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

- Lee Hughes, Hutton Inquiry Secretariat

Tuesday, 26 August 2003

- Andrew MacKinlay MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

- John Scarlett, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

- Sir David Omand, Cabinet Office

Wednesday, 27 August 2003

- Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Defence

- Wing Commander John Clark, Proliferation and Arms Control Secretariat, MoD

- James Harrison, Deputy Director Counter Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD

- Ann Taylor MP, Chair of Intelligence and Security Committee

Thursday, 28 August 2003

- Tony Blair MP, Prime Minister

- Gavyn Davies, Chairman of the Board of Governors, BBC

Monday, 1 September 2003

- Mrs Kelly, Family

- Sarah Pape, Family

- Rachel Kelly, Family

- Professor Roger Avery, Friend

- David Wilkins, Family

Tuesday, 2 September 2003

- Ruth Absalom, Neighbour

- Dr Malcolm Warner, GP

- Louise Holmes, Search team

- Paul Chapman, Search team

- PC Andrew Franklin, Thames Valley Police

- PC Martyn Sawyer, Thames Valley Police

- Sergeant Geoffrey Webb, Thames Valley Police

- PC Jonathan Martyn, Thames Valley Police

- Vanessa Hunt, Ambulance

- David Bartlett, Ambulance

- Barney Leith, Baha'i faith

- Professor Hawton, Psychiatrist

Wednesday, 3 September 2003

- Richard Allan, Toxicologist

- Assistant Chief Constable Page, Thames Valley Police

- Steven Macdonald, Assistant Director on the Central Budget, Security
and Safety, MoD

- Dr Brian Jones, former branch head in the Scientific and Technical Directorate of the Defence Intelligence Analysis Staff

- Mr A, casually employed civil servant with the Counter Proliferation Arms Control Department, MoD

- Mr Green, Forensic Biologist

- Patrick Lamb, Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation Department, FCO

Thursday, 4 September 2003

- Olivia Bosch, Colleague

- Leigh Potter, Neighbour

- Tom Mangold, Journalist

- Richard Taylor, Special Advisor to Secretary of State for Defence

Second phase of the Inquiry

Monday, 15 September 2003

- Counsel's opening statement

- Tony Cragg, Former Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence

- Air Marshal J French, Former Chief of Defence Intelligence

- Sir Richard Dearlove, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

- Dr Richard Scott, Director, Science for the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory

- Greg Dyke, Director-General of the BBC

Tuesday, 16 September 2003

- DC Graham Coe, Police Officer, Thames Valley Police

- Dr Nicholas Hunt, Forensic Pathologist

- Martin Howard, Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence

- Dr Shuttleworth - Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory

- Kate Wilson - Chief Press Officer, MoD

Wednesday, 17 September 2003

- Andrew Gilligan, Reporter, BBC

- Richard Sambrook, Head of News, BBC

- Richard Hatfield, Director of Personnel, MoD

Thursday, 18 September 2003

- Richard Hatfield, Personnel Director, MoD

- Pamela Teare, Director of News, MoD

- Edward Wilding, Computer Investigator

- Professor A J Sammes, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Forensic Computing at Cranfield University

- Andrew Gilligan, Reporter, BBC

Monday, 22 September 2003

- Geoffrey Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Defence

- Lee Hughes, Secretary to the Inquiry

- Alastair Campbell, Prime Minister's Director of Communications

Tuesday, 23 September 2003

- Tom Kelly, Prime Minister's Official Spokesman

- Godric Smith, Prime Minister's Official Spokesman

- John Scarlett, Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

Wednesday, 24 September 2003

- Gavyn Davies, Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors

- Patrick Lamb, Deputy Head of the Counter Proliferation Department, FCO

- Dr Bryan Wells, Director of Counter Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD

- James Harrison, Deputy Director Counter Proliferation and Arms Control, MoD

- Wing Commander John Clark, Proliferation and Arms Control Secretariat, MoD

- Nick Rufford, Sunday Times journalist

- Professor Keith Hawton, Psychiatrist

- Richard Hatfield, Personnel Director, MoD

Thursday, 25 September 2003

Closing Statements:

- Jeremy Gompertz QC, Counsel for the Kelly family

- Jonathan Sumption QC, Counsel for the Government

- Andrew Caldecott QC, Counsel for the BBC

- Heather Rogers QC, Counsel for Andrew Gilligan

- James Dingemans QC, Counsel for the Inquiry

- Closing statement by Lord Hutton

Monday, 13 October 2003

Sir Kevin Tebbit, Permanent Secretary MoD

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Timings of hearings

All hearings took place in Courtroom 73 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. An overflow annex with video links was provided in Court 72. A media annex was also set up in the Quadrangle of the Royal Courts of Justice.

The timings below are based on a standard day on which Lord Hutton was hearing evidence from witnesses.

9:00am Royal Courts of Justice opens to the public
  Reporters and members of the public wishing to attend the hearings should use the Bell Yard entrance on the east of the RCJ between Carey Street and Strand.
9:15am Daily public seating tickets issued at Bell Yard entrance (on a first-come-first-served basis)
9:50am Courts 72 & 73, and the media annex in the quadrangle, open.
10:20am All seated in Court 73
10:30am Hearing starts
1:00pm Lunch adjournment (courts and media annex close)
   
1:20pm Court 72 & 73, and the media annex in the quadrangle, open
1:50pm All seated in Court 73
2:00pm Hearing re-convenes
4:15pm End of day’s hearing

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