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Lord Hutton to appear before MPs
Lord Hutton arrives at the courts on Wednesday
Lord Hutton: Criticised "defective" BBC systems
Lord Hutton is to give evidence to MPs conducting a probe into the role of inquiries in government.

The retired judge, who headed an inquiry into Dr David Kelly's death, will face MPs on the public administration select committee.

Chairman Tony Wright said they would not "revisit the facts of conclusions of Lord Hutton's report, this is an opportunity to learn from it".

They would examine the implications of the report for how governments are run.

The Labour MP added: "I am delighted that Lord Hutton has agreed to give evidence to the committee.

"His inquiry has been innovative in the way it has worked, while its conclusions are likely to raise important issues for Parliament and the machinery of government."

Lord Hutton cleared the government of "sexing up" its Iraq weapons dossier with unreliable intelligence.

And he criticised "defective" BBC editorial controls over defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan's broadcasts on the Today programme.

BBC chairman Gavyn Davies subsequently resigned.

It is understood Lord Hutton's appearance before the committee is likely to be in April.




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