Defence Committee

Session 2002-03, 12 May 2003

Press Notice No.24

Lessons of Iraq

On 11 April the Defence Committee announced that it intended to conduct a major inquiry into the military campaign in Iraq.

The first evidence session in this inquiry has now been arranged.

Wednesday 14 May at 3.00 pm, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

  • Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon MP, Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

Further evidence sessions will be announced in due course.  The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

  • To examine the role of the UK Armed Forces in the major combat phase of the recent conflict in Iraq;

  • To explore how far lessons from previous operations and deployments, including in Afghanistan, were acted upon and implemented; and

  • To consider what lessons for the future may be drawn from Operation Telic.

Written submissions relevant to this inquiry are welcome and should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee, preferably in electronic format to the Committee's e-mail address:

The Committee will not consider memoranda for consideration for this inquiry where only an email address is provided, please supply a full postal address when submitting any memorandum.