Defence Committee

Session 2007-08, 12 December 2007

Publication of Report

Publication of Report

Publication of Defence Committee Report on Iran hostages incident

The Defence Committee will be publishing its Fourth Report of Session 2007-08, The Iran hostages incident: the lessons learned, HC 181, on Friday 14 December 2007 at 00.01 am, with embargoed copies available from 11.00 am, on Thursday 13 December 2007.

The report is the outcome of the Committee's inquiry into the capture of 15 Royal Navy personnel from HMS Cornwall by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard on 23 March 2007, and the lessons learned from the episode. The Secretary of State for Defence announced in June that the report by Lieutenant General Sir Rob Fulton RM (retd) into the operational circumstances and factors leading up to the hostage-taking could not be published, because it addressed operational and tactical issues, but would be given to the Defence Committee to ensure parliamentary accountability.

This report is the outcome of the Committee's inquiry, and gives the Committee's broad conclusions, but unusually the evidence cannot be published for security reasons.


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005. The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.

The Secretary of State for Defence's Statements on the Iraq hostage taking can be found at:



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