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Sunday, 15 December, 2002, 12:27 GMT
Britain has "total confidence" in UN inspectors

On Sunday's programme, the Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told Sir David that Britain has "total confidence" in the UN inspectors investigating Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear programmes. Mr Straw said he expected an initial report from the inspectors "pretty shortly" on the huge document delivered by Iraq, in which Saddam Hussein again denied he possesses any weapons of mass destruction.

The foreign secretary said the document would be assessed methodically and deliberately. But he made it clear he was sceptical as to whether it really gives a full and accurate account of Saddam's arsenal.

"Saddam Hussein has been consistent about one thing only and that is his telling of lies," Mr Straw told Sir David.

Click on the highlighted links to read the full transcripts.

Sir David also discussed the latest developments on Iraq with Baroness Emma Nicholson, a Liberal Democrat MEP with strong links to opposition groups in the country, and the BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.

Emma Nicholson MEP

Sir David went on to discuss with John Simpson the stability in Afghanistan in the last year under Hamid Karzai's new government.

John Simpson

Also in this week's programme, Sir David looked back over the highlights of the year in sport, with the Olympic oarsman, Sir Steve Redgrave.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Steve Ryder

The programme also included an extract from an interview with David Beckham - in which the England football captain revealed that he has the name of his second son, Romeo, tattooed on his back. He also hinted that he would like more children: he said there was room for three, four or even five more names to be added. Beckham also told Sir David that he styles his own hair, saying: "It's whatever I feel like when I wake up in the morning." He admitted that his mother - a professional hairdresser - takes a close interest. "She tells me if I look silly at times, but thankfully it's not that often - well in my eyes it's not that often." The full interview with David Beckham and England coach Sven Goran Eriksson will be broadcast in next week's programme - the last before Christmas.

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