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Thank you. A feature of the statement you made to the House, and we have a copy at tab 2 of your bundle, is the position that the government took on the question of statutory regulation of the press. I'll just read from your statement:

"We are conscious that action to make such a body statutory would be a step of some constitutional significance departing from the traditional approach to press regulation in this country. In the light of those considerations, the government would be extremely reluctant to pursue that route. A most persuasive case for statutory regulation would need to be made out."

Although the government didn't completely rule out the option, it would appear that right from the very outset of its consideration of Sir David's report it showed extreme reluctance to pursue that route. Is that fair?

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