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Defence Select Committee Report/Clare Short

Asked if the Prime Minister accepted the Defence Select Committee’s conclusion in its report on Iraq that Clare Short had impeded the preparations for post-conflict Iraq through her stance on the war, the PMOS said that Ms Short had been a member of the Cabinet which had taken the decision to engage in military action to uphold UN Resolutions. The Department for International Development (DfID) had played an important role in terms of the reconstruction effort in Iraq. No one was pretending that the post-conflict situation was easy. In the first instance, it was widely accepted that some of the immediate difficulties had been born of the fact that military success had come more quickly than many had predicted. As the Prime Minister had said in the past, Ms Short had done a good job when she had been in Government. In answer to further questions, the PMOS said that we would study the report in detail, as Adam Ingram had said in interviews this morning. If there were any lessons to be learned, we would obviously take them on board. It was important for people to recognise that the immediate post-conflict situation had been difficult. We had always acknowledged that we hadn’t been able to get everything right. Equally everyone was working hard to provide for a more prosperous future for the Iraqi people and, most importantly, to ensure that Iraq was managed for the Iraqi people by the Iraqi people.

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