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 Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields 12:00 am, 27th June 1952

I do not accept the position my hon. and learned Friend has stated. My experience of printers and publishers is that they go to a solicitor whom they regard as skilled in dealing with these matters. I am only dealing now with the small newspaper. They ask him whether he thinks it would be safe to publish and they rely on his advice and not on what the author proposes to tell them. I understand that big newspapers retain a person skilled in the law of libel who examines almost everything that goes in the paper.

I recollect that a very serious slip was made once during my period as Home Secretary and that a journalist got into trouble over it. I was told that on that particular day the tame solicitor kept in the office happened to be an holiday. I do not accept the view that printers and publishers consult the author very much. They rely more on the solicitor.