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If the Government has been in the dock, the verdict of Scott is guilty - guilty of abuse of power, guilty of misleading Parliament, guilty of deep duplicity - Paddy Ashdown, Liberal Democrat leader.

Sir Nicholas Lyell's failure to act was an abdication of the highest duty of the office. In my view Scott leaves him no alternative but to resign - Geoffrey Robertson, QC, who defended Paul Henderson at the Matrix Churchill trial.

Mr Waldegrave did not just mislead MPs, he did it 30 or 40 times. If he does not resign, no minister from this government will ever be believed again - Robin Cook, shadow Foreign Secretary.

I have no reason to resign, because Sir Richard Scott has cleared my name and my honour, and that's the central thing - William Waldegrave, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

If anything today is clear it is that Robin Cook is not fit to represent a major political party - Michael Heseltine, Deputy Prime Minister.

Who cares? I doubt that customers in the Dog & Fox care much; they are too sensible and know that nobody else issues guidelines to their industry. The French do not, nor do the Belgians, the Americans nor the Russians - Richard Needham MP.

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