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Ahead of its first hearings, the Inquiry published three protocols that set out processes for the Inquiry's interaction with witnesses, hearing of evidence and what constitutes sensitive information:

The Inquiry also agreed with Government a protocol setting out the steps that would be followed when seeking to reach agreement on the use of sensitive written and electronic information.  The Protocol between the Iraq Inquiry and Her Majesty's Government regarding Documents and Other Written and Electronic Information was published on the Cabinet Office website (external site) and is reproduced here