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

May I say one thing. I am very grateful for that, but I would like to apologise if it was felt we hadn't responded to a specific issue that should have been responded to.

The position, very briefly, was that the editor of the Mail on Sunday perceived that this was a story of public interest and the perception that the Inquiry might be undermined was a matter of public interest. The editor of the Daily Mail did not know that story in advance. Like other newspapers, they picked it up on the Monday and made, I hope, proper inquiries of the government and the Inquiry, and I apologise when a request was made for any submissions to be made that we didn't appreciate that there were other issues that we might have assisted upon. But may I say I am very grateful for the very full statement that you have made and I don't think we can assist in any way except to thank you for it.

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