17 March 2003
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
London SW1A 2AH
from The Foreign Secretary
Iraq: Legal Position Concerning the Use of Force
As you may be aware, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, has this morning answered a Question in the Lords setting out his views of the legal basis for the use of force against Iraq.
I now enclose a copy of his Answer, together with a paper which gives the legal background in more detail, for the information of your Committee.
You will also wish to be aware that I am this morning publishing a Command Paper (CM5785) "Iraq - UN Documents of early March 2003". This supplements the Command Paper I published last month.
I am placing a copy of this letter and enclosures in the Library.
The Rt Hon Donald Anderson MP