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Look at the top left-hand box, the one that says page 53 at the bottom. The question is:

"One possible consequence of informing Lord Prescott or the then Deputy Prime Minister, of course we know he wasn't informed, some might say that had he been informed it might not have been possible to, as it were, put a lid on this. There might have been an explosion. This would have entered the public domain and you might have been forced to carry out the investigation you did not want to carry out; was that a consideration which entered your mind?"

And he says:

"Well, it wouldn't be for me to go direct to Lord Prescott. I discussed this with the then Home Secretary, Dr Read. He was aware of the investigation."

And then Lord Justice Leveson says:

"Well, the point is, if he'd been alert to the extent to which his personal information was available [that's Lord Prescott] the limited extent to which Mr Garnham has reminded me, then as a victim he might have had a reaction that would have meant it was very difficult for the police not to pursue it."

And then the question is:

"He might well have done but perhaps I haven't explained very clearly."

And he refers there to the victims strategy not working as intended. And then the box underneath that, which is page 54, Mr Jay, just after the line 8:

"Can I just go back to your discussion with Dr Reid, the then Home Secretary. Did you make it clear to him that although the investigation had clearly and conclusively implicated Goodman and Mulcaire, (a) the range of victims was far wider than the royal household, and (b) that other journalists might well have been involved?"

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