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I think that is correct, but I think we have to think about how a regulator is going to be able to work effectively against that sort of background. I mean, thinking back to my experience at Ofcom and the work I used to do there, it was always very helpful to have set out in the Communications Act the various duties and responsibilities and criteria which needed to be taken into account on different matters. So the proposal that I'm suggesting here is that there is scope for Parliament, through, I guess, a new Communications Act, to set out in a little bit more detail what it thinks plurality means and how it should be judged and the sort of general criteria that Ofcom would be expected to bring to bear on any analysis they carried out. So they're not operating in a complete vacuum.

Now, that guidance could range from a qualitative description of what a pluralistic market might like look like, but I wouldn't rule out the idea that such guidance could be given about such aspects as market shares, consumption metrics and so, not as a cap or threshold or trigger but as a sort of context-setting piece of explanation or analysis which Ofcom would then need to take into account when carrying out a review or reaching a decision.

And I think that -- as I go on to say in my witness statement, I think that may then lead you in a direction of being able to remove some of what is now a sort of political contribution or involvement at various stages of any plurality issue.

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