Statement by Sir John Chilcot

Sir John Chilcot, Chairman of the Inquiry, has today published a statement in the light of recent comments. 

The statement details the principles of openness and fairness that guide the Inquiry as it works to produce its report on the UK's involvement in Iraq between 2001 and 2009. 

Sir John reiterates the Inquiry's determination to ensure that its final report is rigorous, accurate, and firmly based on the evidence.  He also sets out the importance of the Maxwellisation process and that he expects to receive the last responses to Maxwellisation letters shortly.  Sir John said: "That will allow us to complete our consideration of the responses, to decide what further work will be needed, and to provide the Prime Minister and thus Parliament and the public with a timetable for the publication of our work."