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

Yes, they were. And more so than they normally would have been because it actually related to the press. It wasn't a question of the press making a fuss about a policy that was distant from their natural self-interest. This was a policy that was very germane to their natural self-interest, and I think that is why Stephen Dorrell has written as he had. It would have meant a major row but we knew that from the outset. We knew that when we started to go ahead. So that was a factor, but I do not believe in most people's mind it was the factor which determined us not to be able to proceed.

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