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.
At the time of the Inquiry, Thompson was Director General of the BBC. He said in evidence that in the wake of the emergence of phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, he had ordered a wide-ranging review of BBC practice, including whether staff at the BBC had engaged in phone hacking, made improper payments to police and made any use of private investigators. He concluded that no BBC staff had been involved in such activities.