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The -- I mean, yes. The situation basically is that there was a consultation, there has to be a consultation under the Act, in the autumn of 2009, and we've never had a response to that consultation. And the new government wasn't particularly keen to proceed.

When I started drawing to their attention the cases involving NHS workers and bank workers, I was told that nothing could be done about it because this was a matter now before the Leveson Inquiry.

The learned judge has -- the Chairman has said it's finding a way of cutting through the Gordian Knot, and the suggestion to me was that I could use my audit powers to cut through the Gordian Knot and provide an even better evidence base. I'm not sure it's really about evidence.

Another way of cutting through the Gordian Knot is for this Inquiry to conclude that that particular proposal, commencing a provision in an Act of Parliament which has been properly debated, is a matter for government and that the Inquiry wouldn't wish to be seen to be holding things up. There seems to be a dialogue with the deaf at the moment.

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