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Yes. The report reached me on the 8th, which must have been the previous Friday. I held a meeting in my own offices on the 11th to discuss what our next actions were going to be. I wrote to the Prime Minister the same day, saying that I could either make a statement on the 14th or the 19th, we had verified that there were gaps, but I did not allude to the 19th in the witness statement because the Cabinet selected the 14th as being preferable.

On 13 January, which would have been the Wednesday, the day before Cabinet, there was a meeting of relevant ministers to confirm the line I was proposing we should take and which I had written to the Prime Minister in the statement the following day. It was then discussed again in Cabinet on the morning of the 14th and then I delivered the statement in the afternoon.

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