Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Author and lawyer specialising in public and administrative law. Blom-Cooper supplied detailed written evidence on the three Royal Commissions on the press since the Second World War, including histories of such concerns as "cheque-book journalism" and how to deal with irresponsible and inaccurate journalism. He told the Inquiry he favoured a possible Commission on Media Affairs. Sir Louis had himself been a Press Council chairman in 1988 shortly before it was replaced by the Press Complaints Commission. In 1992 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland as the first Independent Commissioner for the Holding Centres. He was also counsel to the Saville Inquiry acting for the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association.