Clause 10. — (Extracts from Parliamentary Reports.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Defamation (Amendment) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th June 1952.

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Photo of Major Geoffrey Bing Major Geoffrey Bing , Hornchurch 12:00 am, 27th June 1952

Would my right hon. Friend just deal with this point, which is the real essence of this matter? I would be prepared to agree with a great deal of what he said. I think that it is wrong to say that an hon. Member has the right to have his speech reprinted. But surely my right hon. Friend will agree that what is undesirable is that without any consultation with the Member there should be forced on the Law Officers a task, which they no doubt do not desire, of deciding, without ever going to the source, what might or might not be defamatory.

That is a course which is not adopted by the printer, but here it is done in this quite different way without any reference to the Member, without his being told which passage it is alleged to be defamatory, on advice which he cannot question. If my right hon. Friend would devise some means of getting over that I would be prepared to withdraw my opposition.