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Can I just test this a little bit, Mr Harding? First of all, let's imagine that we want to create a regulator, properly so-called, we want to give it a name and we want to decide how it's going to be comprised. We could have an Act of Parliament which establishes the framework, but then does two things: one, sets up an independent body to decide who's going to comprise the regulator, and secondly then, the regulator will, by definition, have, one would hope, an independent and impartial group of people who could start regulating the press.

Is there any principled objection you would have to that, notwithstanding that that system has its genesis in an Act of Parliament?

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