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I really struggle to see that, to be honest, because in these discussions the requirements of the process, the Enterprise Act, the quasi-judicial obligations was meat and drink of the discussion, and with expert counsel there making the points, and I can still -- this was something I experienced myself. I can still see in my mind's eye, as the Secretary of State would ask, "What can I meet, when can I share with one side" that counsel Daniel Beard would lean forward and say, "Let's start with the first principles here: you have to be seen to exercise your functions on the basis of relevant considerations, not irrelevant considerations; you have to be seen to behave in an even-handed way, without bias or the appearance of bias", and in this particular case that means -- I mean, I summarise, but that happened repeatedly and over a number of occasions, and left me in no doubt that the requirements were clear.

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