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Straw evidence at-a-glance
Here are the key points from Jack Straw's evidence to the Commons foreign affairs committee on the Iraq weapons row. The most recent points come first.

  • Mr Straw apologised to the student who wrote the study of Iraq lifted from the internet by the government.
  • It would have been better not to have published the "dodgy dossier", Mr Straw said.
  • Any mistakes were "innocent errors", the foreign secretary insisted.
  • It would "entirely reasonable" for the prime minister to assume that the "dodgy dossier" had come through the normal government channels, Mr Straw said.
  • The production of the dossier was "a complete Horlicks", Mr Straw admitted.
  • There was "no conspiracy" about the so-called "dodgy dossier", Mr Straw insisted.
  • He said people needed to "chill out" about the existence of a "Downing Street entourage" - there was nothing new about such a grouping.
  • Clare Short's suggestion that key decisions about Iraq were being made by an "entourage" in Downing Street were untrue, Mr Straw added.
  • Some of the decisions and discussions about Iraq "had to be tightly held", he said.
  • Clare Short was wrong to suggest that there was not enough cabinet debate about the case for war against Iraq, Mr Straw said.
  • He said he had suggested that the dossier should include more information on Saddam's previous record of defying the UN.
  • The foreign secretary accepted that the September dossier had gone through a number of drafts, but not "transformed" as suggested in a BBC report.
  • Mr Straw admitted the "embarrassment" over the dossier had given opponents of the war something to "seize on".
  • The "dodgy dossier" was "fraudulent, irresponsible and amateurish" said Tory MP John Maples.
  • A group of officials chaired by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's communications chief, put together the so-called "dodgy dossier", the committee heard.
  • Mr Straw said the intelligence services were of the "highest integrity and professionalism".
  • Saddam was given "chance after chance after chance" to comply with UN demands but failed to do so.
  • He said the "key element" in the decision to take action was that Saddam had developed weapons of mass destruction against the will of the international community and used them against his own people.
  • The foreign secretary said he was satisfied that the "available intelligence" justified taking action against Iraq.
  • Mr Straw said there was "never any request (from Downing Street) for the so-called sexing up" of the dossier on Iraq.
  • The foreign secretary said evidence of weapons programmes in Iraq must be independently verified.
  • People in Iraq are still living in fear of Saddam and unwilling to give evidence about weapons programmes, Mr Straw said.
  • He said action against Iraq was justified by all the information available before the war.
  • Mr Straw said he was "hopeful" more information would emerge about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • He said the coalition had expected Saddam to use such weapons during the conflict.
  • He said he did not know why Saddam did not use chemical and biological weapons during the war.
  • Mr Straw said Saddam Hussein's refusal to release details of weapons programmes before the war was consistent with "lying and cheating" behaviour aimed at maintaining weapons.
  • The foreign secretary said the Iraqis were "adept" at cleaning up facilities used for producing chemical and biological weapons.
  • He said the findings of the dossier were backed by all members of the UN security council.
  • Mr Straw said the earlier September dossier reflected the government's overall concerns about Iraq.
  • He said the description of Saddam's regime lifted from the internet and included in the "dodgy dossier" was accurate.
  • Returning to the so-called "dodgy dossier", Mr Straw said much of the information had not been challenged.
  • The foreign secretary said there was "overwhelming undisputed evidence" for taking action against Saddam Hussein's regime.
  • He said the case for taking action against Iraq "stood regardless of whether the evidence about 45 minutes was available or not".
  • Mr Straw said it was "nonsense" to suggest the 45 minute claim was central to taking action against Iraq.
  • The foreign secretary said the claim that Iraq could deploy weapons in 45 minutes should not be given the importance it has been.
  • Mr Straw said British sources were not responsible for information about Iraq and uranium which was subsequently found to be forged.
  • He said it was "completely and totally untrue" to suggest the government had "sexed up" its claims about Iraq's weapons capability.
  • Mr Straw said the accuracy of the document was not in question, but admitted that the affair had been "an embarrassment" for the government.
  • Mr Straw admitted that the "dodgy dossier" had not been subject to proper checking. Sources had not been attributed and changes had been made.
  • He said proper procedures had not been followed over the "dodgy dossier".
  • The foreign secretary said the row over the "dodgy dossier" showed the need for "very clear procedures" over such documents.
  • He said the so-called "dodgy dossier" was a "briefing paper" and "lessons had been learnt".
  • Mr Straw said dossier on Iraq's weapons published last September was checked and double-checked.
  • He said the evidence would probably be published once investigations in Iraq are completed.
  • Mr Straw confirmed that the government plans to publish more evidence of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
  • Jack Straw began giving evidence at 1201 BST.



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