The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

I -- in the margins of other business, I had a discussion, as far as I can recall, with a Home Office official on the 9th, who asked for my view about the story. This was just an oral exchange. There were a lot of other things going on but this was an oral exchange.

I said, looking at this, that I thought the revelations merited some form of independent review. I thought that if this allegation -- the allegations that were there, if true in any degree, would raise substantial public confidence issues, and I would not be surprised if the HMIC were asked to assist in some way to facilitate such an approach.

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