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I understand that, but the response to it, Ms Hartley said and indeed Mr Dacre has said, involved him.

I understand the point. I am concerned with the culture, practice and ethics of the press generally, but there is no doubt that this particular dispute has achieved a significance -- maybe rather larger than it merits but undeniably has achieved that significance, and indeed the additional statement that Mr Dacre has signed deals extensively with the relationship between his newspaper and Mr Grant.

I think that it would be wrong to prohibit Mr Sherborne from asking some questions, and I'm not going to, but I am going to require him to do so very much more briefly than he has suggested. He can put the allegations. He can investigate them to some extent. He can file evidence to some extent, but I am not going to be making findings of fact on many of the broad issues.

On the other hand, I'm not prepared to allow Mr Grant, who gave evidence of complaint, to have to face further complaints about him which he can't respond to, other than in the public domain in some other way.

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