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There was -- I think there was a second -- again, in the margins of other business conversation with another more senior official, but my understanding was that, as with a number of other options, discussion ensued with the ministers and the Home Secretary at the time, and there was no appetite for the HMIC being involved.

So it really never got off the ground, sadly, and -- I was particularly taken with it in one sense, that I was already looking at a leaks inquiry in any event, which was the Damian Green leaks inquiry, where the HMIC were coming in behind something to look to see what lessons could be learnt. This would have been more complex, for fairly obvious reasons, which we can rehearse, but I did point out the parallel.

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