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My Lord, I can. You've seen from our written submissions that the suggestion that we had made in writing, and I've made it clear I've taken some instructions anticipating that my Lord might raise this with me, but the position that we've taken in our written submissions is to indicate that we entirely understand the very good reasons that my Lord has for wishing to provide as full a protection of confidentiality as humanly possible. We have fully accepted that those who might fall within the group of advisers to these ministers would have to give an undertaking. The question that we raised in the written submissions, given the unusualness of ministers signing undertakings of this kind, is whether the Inquiry considered it necessary for them to do so, but as I indicated, I have taken instructions on that and if -- it's a bit like government and persons.

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