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

Can we move now to page 5 of your witness statement, please to subparagraph (xvii). Here you're minuting the Cabinet Committee on Home and Social Affairs, the Chairman, about the White Paper that's being investigated, and you say:

"... since we preferred a voluntary route, self-regulation should continue to be evolutionary, and a non-statutory ombudsman appointed by the newspaper industry assisting in the investigation of complaints would be a further step on this route."

Could I ask you, please, to expand upon the thinking behind an ombudsman?

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