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Overall, their consultation led, I think, to 124 replies, but overall, and particularly if you took out the media responses which were not universally hostile but were substantially hostile, if you took those out, I think my recollection is that there were -- 58 respondents were in favour, 29 had no clear view and 16 were against. If you take out the ones who had no clear view, which was frequently because they were only looking at particular aspects of the proposition rather than the whole proposition, then the majority in favour of going ahead, leaving out the media, was something like 4 to 1.

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