London: Lord Hutton, the official charged with investigating the death of UK weapons expert Dr. David Kelly, has briefed the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) to handle PR and media calls surrounding his inquiry.
Aside from the inquiry launch this week, Hutton will not be addressing the media himself until the investigation is under way. In the meantime, the DCA, and specifically its chief press officer, Mike Burrell, will handle media questions.
Burrell said there were no plans to recruit a designated PR person, either from within the government or externally, for the investigation's launch, progress, or results.
"That would only happen if it was a long, drawn-out inquiry, which this is not," Burrell said.
Meanwhile, the press office of the Ministry of Defense is still refusing to announce who gave its team the go-ahead to confirm Dr. Kelly as the BBC's source for stories involving Iraqi arms.
"We are not going to go into details of who said what and when," said the Ministry's armed-forces PR officer, Paul Sykes. "That will be covered in the inquiry."