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Our concern, I would suggest, is heightened by putting it that way, particularly when you draw my attention to three witnesses whose identity I might like to think about, and our concern would be that before you could make a finding that someone knew something was widespread, you'd have to make a finding that it was widespread, and you'd have to do that on the basis of separate findings making up that widespread practice, and we simply haven't explored that.

In the case of one witness with whom I'm particularly concerned, a finding of knowledge of a widespread practice without descending to an attempt to establish particular instances, with full cross-examination and full documentary surround, in our submission would be dangerous. We certainly didn't realise when the witness I have in mind came to give that evidence that this was on the agenda.

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