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Well, I didn't acquire direct ownership of the issue, certainly not. It was one of 20 or 30 -- there are 30 to 40 issues a day that cross a Prime Minister's desk. The fact of the matter is he or she can almost never have direct ownership of an issue. It has to be subcontracted to the appropriate Secretary of State and the appropriate Cabinet Committee, and that is what happened with the Calcutt report.

I think my view that the Calcutt report was necessary was well-known and understood and was the subject of correspondence, but the day-to-day detail of examination, of what is a very complex matter -- it is not nearly as simple as it looks, as we found out, dealing with Calcutt, to actually address these particular problems, but it was predominantly in the hands of the Secretary of State, although when things were snarled up, they were reported back to me and I became sucked in, in terms of expressing an opinion and inviting people to go back and look at something again or recognising that it wouldn't work.

But largely, it was subcontracted.

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