What Hutton said
Wednesday January 28, 2004
Lord Hutton said he had considered the following main groups of issues. These were:
· Issues relating to the preparation of the government's dossier on Iraq's WMD which was published on September 24 2002;
· Issues relating to Dr Kelly's meeting with Andrew Gilligan that sparked his broadcast;
· Issues relating to the BBC arising from the Gilligan broadcast.
What he said about weapons scientist David Kelly
Lord Hutton said: "I am satisfied that Dr Kelly took his own life by cutting his left wrist and that his death was hastened by taking Co-proxamol tablets.
"I am further satisfied that there was no involvement by a third person in Dr Kelly's death."
The weapons expert, Dr David Kelly, committed suicide by slashing his left wrist - and nobody could have foreseen his actions, Lord Hutton said.
The judge said nobody involved in the controversy surrounding Dr Kelly could have "contemplated Dr Kelly would take his own life", no matter what pressures he had been put under.
Dr Kelly's body was found in woodland near his Oxfordshire home on July 18 last year, the day after he disappeared. Mr Blair ordered the Hutton inquiry into his death days later.
Dr Kelly had been identified as the source for reporter Andrew Gilligan's BBC Radio 4 Today programme broadcast on May 29, saying the government had "sexed up" its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and had included information probably knowing it to be wrong.
Lord Hutton said it was important to say that he was satisfied that none of the people whose decisions and actions he would later describe, ever contemplated that Dr Kelly might take his own life.
None of these persons was at fault in not contemplating that Dr Kelly might take his own life, he said.
He said: "Whatever pressures and strains Dr Kelly was subjected to by the decisions and actions taken in the weeks before his death, I am satisfied that no-one realised or should have realised that those pressures and strains might drive him to take his own life."
Lord Hutton said that it was possible that Dr Kelly could have been in line to get a knighthood for his work.
He then said that the Commons' Intelligence and Security Committee, established in 1994, had decided to examine the question of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Lord Hutton said that Dr Kelly had met the BBC defence correspondent, Andrew Gilligan, in May 2003 at the Charing Cross Hotel in London and had discussed the dossier on WMD.
What he said about the MoD
The Ministry of Defence press office "did not volunteer Dr Kelly's name" as the source for the BBC story who had come forward, Lord Hutton stated.
But he said that they were working from a brief that allowed them to confirm the name if it was put to them, which the MoD director of news, Pam Teare, did to the Financial Times at 5.30pm on Wednesday July 9.
Other newspapers followed suit and Dr Kelly was finally advised by his line manager later that evening that his name had been divulged.
Lord Hutton spent much of the beginning of his statement rehearsing the timetable of events that led up to Dr Kelly's death.
What he said about weapons of mass destruction
Lord Hutton said there had been "a great deal of controversy and debate" about whether the government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was of sufficient strength and reliability to warrant military action.
"That controversy and debate has continued because of the failure at the time of writing this report to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," he said.
He said he had given careful consideration to whether his terms of reference entitled him to consider this issue.
"However, I concluded that a question of such wide import which would involve the consideration of a wide range of evidence, is not one which falls within my terms of reference," he said.
What he said about Tony Blair and his aides
Lord Hutton said: "The prime minister and a number of very senior officials became directly involved in the discussions relating to what actions should be taken by the government in relation to Dr Kelly's statement to the Ministry of Defence that he had spoken to Mr Gilligan."
The judge described Mr Gilligan's allegations against the government as "very grave" and said they "attacked the integrity of the government and the Joint Intelligence Committee".