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The Home Secretary -- and I know that this correspondence exists, but I did not include it in my witness statement because in the very considerable amount of paper moving that DCMS is having to do at the present time, for perfectly obviously honourable and legitimate reasons, the particular correspondence became mislaid, but in the beginning of June 1994, the Home Secretary wrote and said that he would like to go back to the idea that the White Paper might be published without draft clauses. He wasn't pressing it, but he was simply saying it would be much easier if we didn't have to produce the draft clause, and Number 10 within a week had said that this really was not the time to be producing a suggestion of that sort.

So there's no question at all that the draft clauses were a complication.

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