Law of Defamation (Report)

Oral Answers to Questions — Burma – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th September 1948.

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Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East 12:00 am, 20th September 1948

asked the Attorney-General when he expects to receive the report of the Committee on the Law of Libel.

Photo of Sir Frank Soskice Sir Frank Soskice , Birkenhead East

The Report of the Committee on the Law of Defamation has now been presented to my noble Friend the Lord Chancellor and it will be published as soon as arrangements can be made.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

Will this law of libel apply to Members of His Majesty's Government and to the statements they make?

Photo of Sir Stanley Reed Sir Stanley Reed , Aylesbury

Does not the learned Solicitor-General agree that this Report is long overdue, seeing that the Commission was appointed in 1938 to consider a Private Member's Bill, introduced by myself in co-operation with the junior Burgess for Oxford University (Sir A. Herbert), and that the House has been promised publication again and again, yet after this long delay we are still awaiting it?

Photo of Sir Frank Soskice Sir Frank Soskice , Birkenhead East

The war intervened and imposed an inevitable delay, but the excellence of the Report no doubt will make up for the delay that has ensued.