Saturday, July 22, 2006

The subsequent withdrawal of the 45 minute claim

From Hansard:

12 Oct 2004 : Column 151


12.31 pm

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Jack Straw):
With permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a statement on Iraq.


12 Oct 2004 : Column 152 (End)

The House will recall that the Butler committee concluded, among many other things, that the validity of the line of reporting that included the 45-minute intelligence had come into question. It further concluded that reporting received from a liaison service on Iraqi production of biological agent was "seriously flawed". The House will now wish to be aware that the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service has written to my right hon. Friend the Member for Dewsbury (Ann Taylor), the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, formally withdrawing those two lines of reporting.


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