Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced on Friday that the £60 million Ihat probe would be wound up after the cross-party investigation led by former Army officer Mr Mercer delivered its scathing report. The sub-committee of the Commons Defence Committee said the probe had subjected serving and retired troops to "deeply disturbing" treatment and had "directly harmed" UK defences. The MPs set out a litany of failures in the way the Ministry of Defence, which created Ihat, handled the probe. They blamed the department for empowering law firms to generate cases that lacked credibility on an "industrial scale". And they criticised it for "serious" failings after it handed over more than £110,829 to Abu Jamal, an Iraqi middleman, while he was employed by PIL.