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I've looked at that. I think I, in common with the rest of the industry, weren't aware that he'd made that offer. As I say, at a previous Select Committee hearing, one of my senior managing editors had actually asked for the access to Whittamore's books. At that meeting, as you know, the then Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, said he couldn't do that because that would be an offence itself under the Data Protection Act.

I gather this offer was made by the next Information Commissioner. It wasn't picked up by us. We'd been asking, as I said, over the years. Subsequently, at a Society of Editors informal lunch, that offer was again made by the new Information Commissioner and at that stage we took it up.

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