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

You start by saying in response to the question that your force's corporate communications department should be the first port of call for any national media, you say by that, by national media, you also refer to the Scottish media that covers the whole country. The communications officer, you say, would process the query, speak to the relevant police officer and provide a response to the journalist and then the query and the subsequent response are logged on what's called the spotlight system. Again, you say, top of page 10:

"If any media outlet was looking to speak to an officer in relation to a matter concerning Strathclyde Police, this would be processed and logged by the staff within again the corporate communications department."

I pause there and before turning to the local media and the different approach there, would this log, the spotlight log, include recording off-the-record information that was provided?

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