Chilcot Report: Families Won't Have To Pay £767

June 3, 2016 4:43 PM

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Families of troops killed in the Iraq War have been told they will not have to pay for copies of the long-awaited report into what led the UK into the conflict. afterexpressed outrage after it emerged they would have to pay £767 for a hard copy of the long-awaited Chilcot report.

No 10 confirmed they would not have to shell out £767 for the Chilcot report when it is published in July after they expressed outrage at the idea they would be made to pay for a hard copy.

Bereaved relatives called on former prime minister Tony Blair to foot the cost, given they had "already paid with our children's lives".

The families have been invited to attend the public statement to be made by inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot on that date, prior to which they will be able to read an embargoed copy.

The Chilcot report into the Iraq War will run to two million words. That will make it the longest report in history and significantly weightier than some of the world's most famous books. So how exactly will it compare?

They will be given an executive summary for free and can also read a searchable version of the full report online for free.

Rose Gentle, from Glasgow, whose son Fusilier Gordon Gentle was killed in a bomb attack in Basra in 2004 aged 19, had argued families should also get a free hard copy.

She said: "Why should we have to pay - have we not paid enough times with the lives of our sons?"

But within hours of it emerging that there would be a cost, Downing Street confirmed that the relatives would not be asked to pay for their copies.

A spokesman said: "There is no question of families of service personnel who died in Iraq having to pay for copies of the Chilcot report."

Roger Bacon, whose son Major Matthew Bacon was killed in Iraq in 2005, had said: "If they find that they cannot afford to give us a copy for free why don't they say to Tony Blair that with all his millions perhaps he might be able to make a gesture and pay for it out of his coffers, bearing in mind we have already paid with our children's lives."

The inquiry was set up by then-prime minister Gordon Brown after the withdrawal of the main UK force from Iraq in 2009 and has so far cost the taxpayer £2.2m.

It examined the lead-up to the 2003 invasion, and the years up to the pull-out of troops.

The publication of the report follows 130 sessions of oral evidence and the testimony of more than 150 witnesses.

The inquiry has analysed more than 150,000 government documents as well as other material related to the invasion.

Source: news.sky.com

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