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

What Black Rod says towards the end of page 3:

"Finally, we come to the Mail on Sunday articles. Here, I did have contact with a their author, Simon Walters, before publication. He came to see me on 11 April to research a story on the costs of the lying-in-state operation. At the end of the interview he made it clear that he had sources which in effect substantiated the underlying thrust of the Spectator's original article. Although I repeated my on-the-record statement, I was surprised by the quality of his information because I could not, in truth, deny the main force of his contentions."

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