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Taking the chronology forward in 1993, in paragraph 80, you remain us that the National Heritage Select Committee on privacy and media intrusion reported on 23 March 1993. It rejected the Calcutt recommendation for a statutory tribunal but recommended a statutory press ombudsman might be set up, but also recommended legislation to introduce a tort of infringement of privacy and new criminal offences, which were in line with Calcutt.

Of course, at that stage, we were before the Human Rights Act, which didn't come into force until October 2000 and so there wasn't a common law right of privacy as such.

You take the story forward in paragraphs 81 and 82. Can I ask you particularly about paragraph 82. The difficulties you saw at the time in relation to the definition of the new tort of privacy, could you tell us about those, please?

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