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  • Mr Jay, I am concerned to hear that over the last two days requests have been made to the Metropolitan Police for confirmation of details which suggest that there have been prior disclosure of the statements of some of the witnesses who are due to give evidence to this Inquiry.

    I am disturbed about it not only because leaks would constitute a breach of the confidentiality agreement that everybody has signed, but also because it runs the risk of disrupting the way in which this Inquiry can proceed.

    I don't intend to seek to make enquiries as to these particular leaks, but if this continues, I shall review the way in which I provide prewarning to core participants of statements of witnesses, and that will not be in order to make it easier.

    Thank you.

  • Sir, yes. The first witness today, please, is Mr Clarke.