What is the Status of Inquiry?
The Inquiry is entirely Independent, but is not a Parliamentary or Government inquiry, and is being conducted publicly by The Rt Hon Lord Lloyd of Berwick.
Lord Lloyd of Berwick has had a long and very distinguished career in the legal profession and, as a former Law Lord, sits as an independent member in the House of Lords. The now retired Dr Norman Jones Consulting Physician St Thomas’ Hospital (Emeritus) is assisting Lord Lloyd. The Inquiry is also fortunate to have the resource of the very experienced Sir Michael Davies, former Clerk of the Parliaments.
Why is the inquiry happening now, 14 years on?
Following enormous effort by The Royal British Legion, various Gulf War veterans associations, the legal profession and parliamentarians, the overwhelming consensus was to call for a public inquiry to report upon the circumstances that have led to ill health, to British troops following deployment to the first Gulf war. The time is now right for a full Independent Public Inquiry.
If the inquiry is not funded from the public purse, who’s funding it?
Private individual donations.
Who is expected to provide evidence?
Gulf war veterans;
Medical and Scientific Community;
Will there be public hearings and where will they be held?
Yes there will be public hearings conducted by Lord Lloyd of Berwick, after a period spent collating data. A list of witnesses and a timetable will be devised and posted onto the website.
The venue of the Inquiry is to be decided and will of course be posted onto the website, when it has been agreed.
Will the public hearing transcripts be made available?
Yes, they will be posted onto the website within the Hearing Transcripts area.
How long will the Inquiry take?
It is estimated that the Inquiry will run for three months, after which Lord Lloyd of Berwick will announce the date for the publication of his report.