The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

If we accept the principle, for the purposes of argument, that giving fraudsters advance notification is difficult and sometimes impossible, and the better the fraudster, very often the better hidden he is as well, you raise a concern about compulsory prior notification.

You then go on to discuss in your statement -- and I'm looking now at paragraph 17 -- the possibility of having some exemption, if there was, against your wishes, compulsory prior notification, and you discuss the sorts of bodies that might need an opt-out: the Advertising Standards Authority, the Office of Fair Trading, district councils, parish councils and so on. We see that it might not be an altogether easy solution.

Can I suggest this to you for your consideration: one of the things you do say in your statement is you generally do give prior notice, don't you?

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