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1 environmental interest but are of no relevance to this
2 action, namely, bleaching of wood pulp.
4 MS. STEEL: I do not think that that is the purpose. I think
5 the point is that it is setting the picture of how much
6 pulp is used and, obviously, because of your ruling, she is
7 not going to go into the bleaching process and the detail
8 of it, but that is just setting out the background of what
9 is used. As far as I can see, it is an accepted fact, so
10 it is not really a problem.
12 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do you have anything to say about that,
13 Mr. Rampton?
15 MR. RAMPTON: No, I am not bothered about paragraph 2. It
16 already recites what your Lordship has said, that it is a
17 waste of time.
19 MR. JUSTICE BELL: It is not worth arguing about.
21 MR. RAMPTON: No, it is not worth arguing about. It is
22 inconsequential. My Lord, then moving to the -----
24 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Let me just ask the Defendants, first of
25 all. Is there any ground upon which you suggest that any
26 parts of paragraphs 3 to 37 should be adduced in evidence?
28 MS. STEEL: The very first sentence of paragraph 3 does mention
29 environmental consequences, some of which relate to
30 forestry practices, so obviously that would be relevant.
31 But, I mean, it -----
33 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes, but I do not see Miss Link dealing with
34 that. We have had a number of witnesses in relation to
35 that. Do you have anything to say?
37 MS. STEEL: McDonald's have. I do not think we have.
39 MR. RAMPTON: There was Mr. Theo Hopkins. I would have thought
42 MR. JUSTICE BELL: That is right. We had several days of Mr.
45 MS. STEEL: It has been so long since he gave his evidence.
47 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Do you have anything to say on those
50 MR. MORRIS: Not 3 to 37, no.
52 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Very well.
54 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, can I ask your Lordship to turn to the
55 second statement which you will have seen only recently.
56 There are, I can see, I think, two problems, two categories
57 of problem, in relation to this statement. They do not
58 cover a lot of the statement, but they do perhaps relate to
59 some important passages, important in one sense.