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We can take these paragraphs fairly quickly. You explain at paragraph 33 that you requested the Home Office to carry out a search for any written briefings, they have been unable to identify any. Paragraph 34, no briefing meetings on the subject either. And you simply say that the simple fact is that without the benefit of hindsight or any contemporary evidence to the contrary, the issue was at the time considered an operational police matter that they were handling, with no appearance of impropriety or other reason for ministerial intervention, and thus a subject of relatively low priority for the attention of ministers. Right.

Can we look at paragraph 37 onward, further down the page. You explain you've also asked for the Parliamentary record for this period to be searched.

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