The first public hearings of the Iraq Inquiry will take place on Tuesday 24th November at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, opposite Westminster Abbey in London.
Hearings will continue until 17th December and resume after the Christmas break, during the week of 4th January 2010. They will continue until early February. This is a incredibly tight schedule, in line with Sir John Chilcot’s statement that hearings will not take place during the general election, but already suggest severe restrictions on the evidence that will be held in public.
Protocols relating to the conduct of the Inquiry have also been published its website. These include:
- A protocol for witnesses giving evidence to the Iraq Inquiry
- A protocol for hearing evidence by the Iraq Inquiry in public, and for identifying witnesses
- A protocol on sensitive information
For all the promises made by Chicott, this is starting to have all the hallmarks of another Butler Inquiry.