I've just been listening to the Radio 4 Today programme interview with Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell. The interview has been reported along the lines of Rammell saying that a new "status of forces" agreement will be needed to cover British troops in Iraq when the UN mandate runs out.
But the interview never got to the bottom of why the troops are staying into next year at all. It started off promisingly enough, with Rammell asked to reconcile what the Iraqi PM said yesterday about troops no longer being needed for a combat role and the Brown plan for a fundamental mission change next year. But Rammell was allowed to say that troops would be withdrawn when they are no longer needed for security, which is now!
As for Rammell being asked when an inquiry might be possible - forget it!