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

I assessed that those risks were mitigated very significantly by a number of factors. First of all, the very public way which responsibility had been transferred to us, which brought home, in a way that was unmissable, the consequences of private comments becoming public.

Second, the Secretary of State's very strong and marked insistence on following a rigorous and scrupulous process and acting in a way that was fair and even-handed.

Third, the presence and availability within the room for these discussions of our own legal advisers and the presence of expert legal counsel.

All of those factors together gave me confidence that all those involved in the process, Secretary of State, officials, special advisers, all understood the importance of following this scrupulous process.

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