29 Oct 09. Iraq Inquiry: Public Hearings. The Inquiry Secretariat said (29 Oct 09) that the initial public hearings are to start on 24 Nov 09, at the QEII Conference Centre. The hearings are to run until 17 Dec 09 and re-start during the week of 4 Jan 10.
Comment: The Inquiry started work in July 2009 and is examining the period from 2001 until the end of July 2009. The Inquiry is considering the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and its aftermath. Written submissions should be addressed to: The Iraq Inquiry, 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ. Further information can be found on the website (www.iraqinquiry.org.uk). (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/41, 02 Nov 09)
28 Oct 09. Defence Committee: Defence Equipment Inquiry. The Defence Committee published (28 Oct 09) some details of its forthcoming Inquiry into Defence Equipment. The Committee intends to focus on armoured vehicles including the FRES (Future Rapid Effect System) programme, strategic airlift and maritime capability. Evidence sessions have been booked for 1 Dec 09, 8 Dec 09 and 15 Dec 09.
Comment: Those wishing to attend the meetings, all of which start at 10.30hrs, should check the venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office (Tel: 020-7219 4272) on the day before the hearing. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 10/41, 02 Nov 09)