26/01/2004

Lord Hutton reveals publication schedule

Lord Hutton has announced today that he will make a statement, presaging the official publication of his report into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr David Kelly, on Wednesday at 12.30pm.

The statement, outlining a "substantial summary" of his findings, will be delivered in Court 76 at the Royal Courts of Justice – one hour ahead of its wider publication. As soon as Lord Hutton's report is published in Parliament, it will be available on the Hutton Inquiry website at www.the-hutton-inquiry.org.uk. Sky TV has been named the pool broadcaster for the statement.

Lord Hutton's statement will be followed by a statement by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons and by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, in the House of Lords.

Opposition parties will get sight of the report for a few hours prior to its delivery to the Commons. Both Opposition leaders, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy, each accompanied by an aide, will be admitted to a closed room in Westminster at 6am. They will then have six hours to digest the report and prepare their responses.

The main players in the inquiry – the BBC, the government, the Kelly Family, Andrew Gilligan, Susan Watts and the Speaker's Counsel – will receive a copy of the report tomorrow.

A full debate on the Hutton Inquiry will take place a week on Wednesday.

(gmcg)

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