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Asked if Jeremy Hunt was free to take as long as he liked to make a decision when the timetable for the competition inquiry was expected to take 6 months, the PMS said the process was as set out in Enterprise Act.

Asked what discussions were taking place in relation to the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the inquiry, the PMS said the ToR were being worked on.

Asked when there would be any information or an announcement made about the inquiry, the PMS said that discussions were taking place with relevant Select Committee members and others and that any announcement would reflect those. Put that it was ultimately a Government decision, he said it was, but due to public interest, we were listening to people’s views before any announcement.

Asked what the Prime Minister meant when he said that Murdoch’s priorities should be sorting out current issues before considering commercial deals, the PMS said it was self explanatory; he should be focusing on the immediate issues.

Asked about the cost of the inquiry and who would pay, the PMS pointed out that clearly there would be costs, but benefits too. He explained that the process was set out in the legislation.

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