October 30, 2014 - Ministers have come under increasing pressure to name the date when the findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war will be published. A debate on the cost of the probe was held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
Prime Minister David Cameron claimed earlier this year that the results would surface before the end of 2014. Last week, former Foreign Secretary and Commons leader William Hague said he is hopeful that Chilcot’s report will arrive ahead of the 2015 general election.
Senior Whitehall officials, however, are concerned the report could be used for political gain if published in the immediate run-up to the election.
Impatience is mounting in Westminster, with MPs demanding to know whether the inquiry’s findings will be shelved for an unacceptable period of time. Frustrations at the delay have also been expressed by the relatives of those killed and wounded in Iraq. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014