Defence Committee

Session 2002-03, 27 May 2003

Press Notice No.25


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

The next evidence sessions in this inquiry have now been arranged.

Wednesday 4 June at 3.00 pm, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

  • Professor Christopher Bellamy, Security Studies Institute, Cranfield University

  • Mr Paul Beaver, Ashbourne Beaver Associates Ltd

  • Professor Barry Posen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Wednesday 11 June at 3.00 pm, Committee Room 16

  • Air Marshal Brian Burridge CBE, UK National Contingent Commander, Operation Telic 

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.

It is advisable to ring the office on 020 7219 5745 a few days in advance of these sessions to check which Committee Rooms will be used.