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May I try, Mr Harding, one more attempt, if I may, to distill the principal basis of your objection to state regulation, to give you examples where your objection could well be seen to be well-founded. Imagine a system under which the executive or an organ of the executive was able to determine who should sit on the regulatory body; would we agree that that system would be objectionable because the executive would be able to manipulate the outcome by deciding: "We're going to have X but not Y"? Are we agreed about that?

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