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.
Editor of the Birmingham Mail and Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror Midlands. Brookes was appointed editor of the Birmingham Mail in November 2009 following 30 years as a journalist in the West Midlands, including editorships on the Coventry Telegraph and Sunday Mercury. Questioned at the Inquiry on Lord Black’s proposals for contractual obligations of newspapers, Brookes said he believed the proposal could be workable and still allow for freedom of the press.