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

I think we've carefully examined your state of knowledge up to this point. Can we look now at paragraph 35, because I want to ask you about this sentence. Halfway through that paragraph there's a sentence which starts:

"Through the period until the end of January 2007, when sentences were handed down following the trial of Mulcaire and Goodman, the issue thus remained properly an operational matter for the police and CPS", et cetera.

You go on to say:

"In the several months thereafter until I stood down ... my understanding was that the same bodies were working through the material with a view to extracting evidence."

How did you gain that understanding?

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