"It now seems that the Inquiry will not question this key figure extensively in public," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.
Commenting on Sir John Scarlett’s appearance at the Iraq Inquiry, following which Sir John Chilcott said that further questioning of the former head of the Joint Intelligence Committee would be held in private, Edward Davey said:
“John Scarlett’s claim that there was no attempt to ‘manipulate the language’ on the 45 minute claim stretches credibility.
“But what is most alarming is that it now seems that the Inquiry will not question this key figure extensively in public.
“John Scarlett was a central figure in the intelligence claims that were made to support the illegal invasion of Iraq. The cursory level of questioning undertaken in public – and the announcement that further appearances will be behind closed doors – is deeply disappointing.
“It looks like the Chilcot Inquiry may have failed its first test on transparency.”