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Iraq Committee of Inquiry

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each security classification her Department has submitted to the Iraq Inquiry; (307183)

(2) how many and what proportion of the (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each security classification requested by the Iraq Inquiry have been provided by her Department; and if she will make a statement;

(3) how many (a) documents and (b) other types of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification the Iraq Inquiry has requested from each Department; and if she will make a statement;

(4) how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information in electronic format provided to the Iraq Inquiry cannot be disclosed owing to the Government’s obligations to foreign journalists or international bodies; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister has said that the Iraq Inquiry will have access to all Government papers it wants to see. The Cabinet Office has provided, or is in the process of providing, copies of all documents and electronic information it holds which the Inquiry has so far requested. Through close liaison with other Government Departments the Cabinet Office is clear that they too have all provided, or will soon provide, all such information as well. The information provided spans every level of Government security classification from the lowest to the highest. Should the Inquiry wish to disclose any Government information, the process for doing so is set out in the information Protocol agreed with the Inquiry and published on the Cabinet Office’s website on 29 October.