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Yes, the Select Committee had raised the subject of an ombudsman in the middle reaches of their own deliberations and the Lord Chancellor, I'm not quite sure whether they invited him or he invited himself, but he did give evidence to them as a witness towards the end of their inquiry, and he specifically answered a significant number of questions about the whole concept of an ombudsman about which, in a voluntary capacity, he felt would be a significant -- of significant lubrication help to the Press Complaints Commission in terms of doing their job, and it was on the strength of that that he was himself -- the Lord Chancellor was himself keen that we should in fact make further progress with that idea.

I have to say that there was no evidence that the Press Complaints Commission themselves were excited about having an ombudsman, whether statutory or voluntary.

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