Sir, my name is Christina Michalos and I appear for the Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis. Bernard Hogan-Howe has been appointed since the last hearing.
As regards the role of the assessors, we welcome the clarification of their role as set out in the assessment protocol and the position now seems clear. It is clear they are not panellists. We don't object to any seminars being chaired by an assessors within their areas of expertise.
As regards the appointment of further assessors, the Commissioner's position is neutral. Once the Inquiry has started, Parliament has placed the power to appoint further assessors into the hands of the Chairman. We don't oppose the application of Associated Newspapers, but ultimately we consider it a matter for you, sir, as Chairman, and we don't seek to persuade you either way.