The former British Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, has become the first Cabinet minister serving at the time of the Iraq war to give evidence to an inquiry in London.
As he was about to appear, a letter was released which had been sent to Mr Hoon by Attorney General Lord Goldsmith 11 months before the invasion. It warned there were considerable difficulties in justifying military action in Iraq.
Mr Hoon told the hearing that Britain had wanted to disarm Iraq by working through the United Nations, backed up by a threat of force. He said that position was consistent throughout.