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No. I think the important point to recognise at this stage in August 2006 is any conversation with either Andy Hayman or Peter Clarke -- and I did have many -- would have been absolutely dominated by the airliners plot. I mean, we had, as I will talk about in a minute in relation to Mr Blunkett, we had closed Heathrow airport in the middle of the holiday season, we knew the gravity of the threat, there was enormous public unease. We had huge pressures on the investigators, we had woods in High Wycombe being dug up all over the place and it really was the only show in town.

Therefore any conversation about this would have been way back on the agenda and relatively short, particularly because the matter was being successfully dealt with and closed down, and that was how it was -- I understood it to be.

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